Recent Posts by Will Strauss, Editor

FutureSPORT 2018: Registration opens, Barbara Slater keynote announced

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, will be the keynote speaker at SVG Europe’s FutureSPORT 2018 conference which is taking place on 29 November at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium. FutureSPORT will explore the key technology innovations and major workflow challenges that will shape sports production and broadcasting across Europe in 2019 and beyond. Registration […]  More

NEP continues acquisition drive with Fletcher Group deal

NEP has bought Fletcher Group, the US-based ultra-slow motion and robotic camera systems company.  The latest in a string of acquisitions by NEP, the deal will see Fletcher join the broadcast services group but remain as a standalone brand within it, supporting NEP and its clients across the globe, the company said in a statement. […]  More

Sky Sports extends European Tour golf coverage deal

Sky Sports and golf’s European Tour have extended their UK and Ireland rights partnership until at least the end of 2022, a deal that means the next two Ryder Cups will be shown exclusively by the satellite broadcaster. The agreement covers the Ryder Cups from Wisconsin in 2020 and Rome in 2022 plus a minimum […]  More

Going for gold: OBS Cloud to transform Olympic Games coverage

Tokyo 2020 rights-holders will be given the chance to gather and manipulate host broadcaster video assets via the cloud thanks to a new platform being developed by Alibaba Cloud. OBS Cloud is being created for host broadcaster Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS). It will aim to offer “all the necessary cloud components, in specialised configurations” to […]  More

BBC to put Sports Personality of the Year out to tender

BBC Sport has announced that Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) will be put out for competitive tender, allowing external production companies the chance to pitch to make the show. The move is part of the corporation’s Charter requirement to open up more of its TV programmes to competition. An invitation to tender for BBC […]  More

C-level reshuffle for Perform Group as it rebrands

Perform Group has announced a senior personnel re-shuffle and a new brand identity as it looks to focus its efforts on the DAZN sports streaming service From today the company will be called DAZN Group and will be consolidated into two distinct brands: DAZN and Perform Content. DAZN will be the consumer-facing division and will include DAZN itself […]  More

DAZN opens development centre in Amsterdam

Sports streaming service DAZN has opened a new development centre in Amsterdam, a move that it hopes will eventually create as many as 300 new jobs. The new office, in the Grachtengordel area of the city, will become home to DAZN teams dealing with R&D and Innovation, Acquisitions and Retention, and Third Party Integration. It will […]  More

Sky content deal keeps F1 coverage on Channel 4

Channel 4 (C4) will broadcast live coverage of the Formula 1 (F1) British Grand Prix in 2019, and highlights of all the other races in the F1 calendar, after agreeing a content swap deal with Sky.  The tie-up will see various C4 commissioned drama series released on Sky as box sets and the Sky drama […]  More

IBC 2018: Five sports production and broadcasting sessions not to miss

In addition to the plethora of sports production and broadcasting-related technology on show at the RAI this week, IBC 2018 will also feature masterclasses, debate sessions and presentations covering everything from the football World Cup in Russia to eSports. Among the companies represented on the various stages over the six days (12-17 September) will be […]  More

Global expansion planned as Pixellot secures $30m in funding round

Israel’s Pixellot is planning to take its automated artificial intelligence (AI)-based sports production technology to other parts of the world after securing $30m (£23m) in its latest funding round.  Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm, led the investment which also includes current investors Firstime Ventures and TheTime. No transaction terms were disclosed.  Following this latest […]  More