Recent Posts by Philip Stevens

Making BT Sport viewers part of the action for new European football season

After just one year of operations, BT Sport has made a significant impact on football coverage in the UK. This coming season it will screen 38 top, including 18 first picks, live English Barclays Premier League matches, among them Louis van Gaal’s first league game as Manchester United manager when the club takes on Swansea […]  More

Sky Germany plans more VR output for start of new Bundesliga football season

Germany’s Bundesliga kicks off its 52nd season on 22 August with a match between the reigning champions FC Bayern München and the 2009 winners VfL Wolfsburg. “Alongside the Bundesliga, we cover Bundesliga 2, DFB Pokal, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Premier League and the Austrian league,” said Alessandro Reitano, director Sports Production at Sky […]  More

‘Confident’ Video Europe more than doubles its OB capacity

May saw Video Europe take delivery of its newest outside broadcast vehicle – and within days it was used to cover Chelsea Football Club’s Player of the Year awards at the Stamford Bridge ground in London. The 16-camera, double expanding truck, which was built by C2S Systems, brings the number of OB vehicles operated by […]  More

Input Media preparing to serve an ace at the French Open

For the past six years, Input Media has delivered the FFT’s (the French Federation of Tennis) programming to its international broadcast partners. That association continues this year when the French Open at Roland Garros gets underway later this month. “The cornerstone of these services is the International Super Signal (ISS) which is a ready for […]  More

TdF 101: gearing up for the cycling extravaganza

Starting on Saturday July 5 and finishing on Sunday July 27, the 101th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and cover a total distance of 3,656 kilometres. This year, the first three of those stages of the French race will take place in England. Since 2001, the race has been shown […]  More

BBC prepares for the first 24/7 World Cup

“We are going to see the BBC’s television coverage of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil increase by around 50 per cent in terms of hours broadcast compared to the previous tournament in 2010.” That’s the prediction of Phil Bigwood, the BBC’s executive producer for football. “Not only that, with all the multimedia opportunities that […]  More

CTV streams new technology along the river

Interest in the Oxford and Cambridge boat race on the River Thames in London spreads far beyond the United Kingdom. The BBC’s coverage is also taken by Eurosport for its European and Asian viewers, Super Sport in Africa, CCTV in China, OSN in the Middle East, Universal Sports in the USA, Sky Mexico and Reuters. […]  More

Input Media shoots for total sports flexibility

“People are always amazed at the level of infrastructure within our set-up. It’s rather like a Tardis!” That’s how David Wood (pictured), Executive Chairman of Input Media, describes the sports production facility just west of Central London. “We handle a great deal of football coverage and on some occasions, when the Europa League is being […]  More

William Hill backs sure-fire winner with new TV studio complex

With close to 2400 premises, William Hill is the largest operator of betting shops in the UK. Since 2009, the group has operated its own television channel with a mixture of its own content and live feeds from horse racing meetings. The output from the channel is shown in the betting shops, and through William […]  More