Recent Posts by Philip Stevens

Keep on running: CTV discusses London Marathon OB challenges

Since the London Marathon started in 1981, close to one million runners have taken part in the now familiar event around the streets of the capital city. With its establishment among the major events in the sporting calendar, the London Marathon is seen on television in almost 200 countries internationally. Of course, any event that […]  More

Nordic World Ski Championships: Co-operation smoothes the way

The FIS (International Ski Federation) Nordic World Ski Championships is underway in Falun, Sweden. During the twelve day event 700 athletes from 55 nations are competing in Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping and Nordic combined – where, as the name suggests, the winner is decided on the basis of one jump on the ski jumping […]  More

1+1 Production gears up for HD in Ukraine with HD-1 and HD-2 OB revamp

1+1 Media Group is one of the largest media holding companies in Ukraine. One part of that group structure is 1+1 Production. It is responsible for creation of in-house and adaptation of international formats of various genres for TV channels of the Group — reality and dating shows, talent shows, scripted realities, TV series, sitcoms, […]  More

RTBF Belgium extends studio and OB production range with split camera approach

Over the next four years, RTBF (Télévision Belge Francophone) — the Belgian French-speaking broadcast network – will gradually renew its studios and OB vans. During that period, Sony will provide the broadcaster with a total of 50 HDC-2570 cameras, along with HKC-T1500 extension adaptors and 5 HDC-P1 cameras. “The HDC-2570 is a solid option for […]  More

SVGE Roundtable: Vision mixers for sports TV production with Blackmagic Design, Grass Valley, NewTek, Ross Video, Snell and Sony

Vision mixers (production switchers) continue to undergo rapid technological developments. But with increasing complexity, can directors still self-vision mix, if necessary? Will IP make any significant differences? Those taking part in our roundtable discussion on these and other issues are (in alphabetical order) Stuart Ashton, director, EMEA at Blackmagic Design; Ellen Camloh, NewTek’s senior product […]  More

SVGE FutureSport: After Supersport 2014, what lies in store for broadcasters in 2015?

In the concluding session of SVG Europe’s FutureSport 2014 at Lord’s, moderator Ken Kerschbaumer made reference to the exhausting sports broadcasting schedule of this year and asked what can we looked forward to seeing in 2015. Alan Bright, then director of operations at Presteigne Broadcast Hire [now director of engineering at IMG Studios] said that […]  More

SVGE FutureSport 2014: RF camera use is growing but frequency problems ahead

Moderator David Fox began the FutureSport panel discussion ‘Wireless Cameras for Sports: New Product Innovations and Frequency Challenges Ahead’ by asking each participant to provide a view of the RF market as seen by their respective companies. “The RF world has seen changes beyond recognition,” asserted Nick Fuller, technical project manager for Broadcast RF. “Thirty […]  More

SVGE Graphics Roundtable 2014 Part Two: Alston Elliot, RCS and Red Bee Piero

In Part Two of SVG Europe’s Graphics Roundtable 2014, we continue our look at the major role that graphics now play in sports television programming. On the panel this time are Stuart Coles, Sales Director at Alston Elliot; Andrew Heimbold, president of Reality Check Systems and Bruce Lynn, General Manager, Red Bee Piero (now part […]  More

SVGE Graphics Roundtable 2014 Part One: deltatre, ChyronHego, Orad, Ross Video, RT Software and Vizrt tackle the big broadcast issues

Such is the demand for on-screen information that graphics play an increasingly vital role in broadcast sports programming. For our first ever ‘Roundtable’ session, SVG Europe asked several leading players in the graphics field for their thoughts on three of the most pointed issues – cost control, second screen applications and Augmented Reality presentations. The […]  More

New truck makes Croatel a driving force in HD production, says MD Tonko Barac

Zagreb-based Croatel has been active in the production market for more than 20 years and currently employs a staff of sixty. “Our main business since 2007 has centred on HDTV production,” explains managing director Tonko Barac. “Our technical production includes High Definition OB vans with multiple camera chains, multiple super-slow motion camera systems [and] editing […]  More