Recent Posts by Roberto Landini, Italian Correspondent

Behind the scenes of Ginnaste, Vite Parallele

Ginnaste, Vite Parallele (Gymnasts, Parallel Lives) is a successful TV programme based on an original format aired by Italian MTV. 2012 sees the broadcast of a second series, produced by Fremantle Media, one of the biggest TV production companies in Italy. Fremantle Media producer, Rachele Fontanesi, comments: “The idea was born from a contact with […]  More

Sky Deutschland: why 14, 7 and 3 are the magic numbers

The team at Sky Deutschland had only eight months to establish workflows and guarantee the level of expertise required to produce and broadcast fresh sports and news content 19 hours per day. “It was a very exciting [time] and the environment [was] limitless,” reflects Francesco Donato, vice-president of broadcast operations. Sky Deutschland. With this project, […]  More

Avid Interplay MAM for Sky Italia sports production

A recently updated production system deployed by Sky Italia across all of its sports channels is based around Avid’s Interplay media asset management system. The new set-up – implemented in July – is derived from an initial highlights creation system established in 2003. In the latest stage of work – completed in advance of the […]  More

Deltatre OB units deliver for football clients

Sixteen fourth-generation OB units have hit the road courtesy of deltatre, the Turin-based provider of graphics and data services to sport broadcasters across Europe. The OB vans were built in conjunction with Sony Broadcast Italy and Sony’s staff in Basingstoke. At the heart of each unit are six monitors with multi-viewers and Evert 3G routers. […]  More

Chiariglione’s leadership brings next-gen compression, via HEVC, to industry

For the past 25 years the MPEG Committee’s International Working Group, chaired by Leonardo Chiariglione, has worked hard on developing digital compression formats like MPEG2, MPEG4, and MP3. It’s latest technology, HEVC or High Efficiency Video Codec, made its successful productised introduction at IBC last week. “HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) is the latest video […]  More

WimTV offers new way to monetise sports events online

Centuries of history have taught many ways to monetise events offline. And there are many ways to monetise large events online. However, online monetisation of medium to small events is often a challenge: an in-house service has high setup and maintenance costs, administrative costs of managing payment collection may eat significantly into the revenues, and, […]  More

SKY, Mediaset agree to share UEFA matches

SKY — Italian satellite pay-TV and pay-on-demand TV broadcaster — and Mediaset — digital terrestrial operator with free, pay per view, and subscription (Premium) channels  —  have agreed to exchange sports TV programs. Beginning immediately and for the next three seasons, subscribers to the two networks will be able to see the top Champions League […]  More

Shifts in sports rights seen for Italian TV

This summer is an incredible sports season for Italy, particularly with the European Championship and the Olympic Games. One notable beneficiary of all the activity has been national broadcaster RAI, but the balance among the main media players in Italy may soon change. Sports rights can be very profitable, especially for subscription channels and pay-per-view […]  More