Recent Posts by Will Strauss, Editor

Sunset+Vine wins host broadcaster contract for FEI World Equestrian Games

Sunset+Vine has been appointed as the host broadcaster for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) which is taking place in North Carolina in September. The WEG, organised by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle and combines […]  More

Sport Production Summit 2018: FIFA’s Florin Mitu confirmed as keynote speaker for Amsterdam conference

FIFA Head of Broadcast Production Florin Mitu will be among the line-up of exclusive speakers at SVG Europe’s 2018 Sport Production Summit which is taking place on Thursday 13 September at the DeLaMar Theatre in Amsterdam. In a session called ‘FIFA World Cup 2018 Review’, Mitu will discuss the host broadcast operation in Russia, outlining […]  More

Wimbledon 2018: BBC to stream centre court matches in UHD and HDR

BBC Sport is to show live coverage of the centre court matches at Wimbledon in UHD and HDR as the corporation continues the iPlayer trial that it is currently undertaking for the World Cup. The test will again be restricted, as it is for coverage of the football from Russia, with ‘tens of thousands’ of viewers […]  More

Arena Television unveils fourth IP-based OB truck

Arena Television has launched a fourth UHD and HDR-capable IP-based outside broadcast unit. Built in partnership with Grass Valley, OBZ is very similar in layout to Arena’s current IP-based units, OBX and OBY. It is based on a maximum footprint ‘triple expand’ trailer manufactured by premium UK coachbuilder ASGB and contains what the company considers […]  More

5G to revolutionise live contribution

BT Sport’s newly appointed director of mobile strategy Matt Stagg used a presentation at the Media Production Show in London to once again extol the virtues of 5G mobile and how it could transform live contribution within broadcast television. During a seminar called ‘The Future of Entertainment on the Move’ (Wednesday 13 June), the former […]  More

Sky and DAZN secure Serie A rights

Sky and DAZN have secured the domestic live TV rights to Serie A, the top flight of Italian club football, for seasons 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21. Sky acquired exclusive rights to broadcast 266 live games over the period while UK-based OTT platform DAZN snapped up multi-platform rights to 114 matches.  Sky’s deal will see matches shown […]  More

Akamai perspective: BBC ‘wise’ to limit 4K HDR World Cup trial

CDN services provider Akamai has backed the BBC’s decision to limit the number of viewers that will be able to view 4K HDR World Cup coverage via the iPlayer but warned of the need to manage user expectations. Speaking to SVG Europe ahead of the 2018 tournament, which starts on Thursday in Moscow, Lynette Kerry, […]  More

SportTech 2018: ArsenalFanTV founder urges football clubs to focus on supporters

Football clubs are “missing a trick” if they ignore supporters when creating content for social and video channels, so says Robbie Lyle, the founder and host of ArsenalFanTV. Speaking at SVG Europe’s SportTech conference in London (30 May, Stamford Bridge), the former surveyor, discussing how his online channel for supporters of Arsenal Football Club differs […]  More

SportTech 2018: EFL added to speaker line-up for Chelsea FC

Russell Byrne, the head of digital at the English Football League (EFL), has been added to the speaker line-up for SVG Europe’s SportTech 2018 conference. Byrne will appear as part of a panel discussion called ‘Going it Alone: How to Launch Your Own OTT Platform’. In this session, speakers from different sports, and some key […]  More