Recent Posts by Will Strauss, Editor

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

Sunset+Vine appointed as host broadcaster for Super League Triathlon

Sunset+Vine will produce and distribute live coverage of all Super League Triathlon (SLT) Championship Series events for 2018-19 after being appointed as host broadcaster. The deal, which includes the production of one-hour highlights shows from each of the five rounds, will also see the company’s distribution business, Sunset+Vine International, take responsibility for securing broadcast deals […]  More

Live sports streaming services key as Encompass buys Babcock’s media business

Playout and distribution company Encompass Digital Media has agreed a deal to purchase Babcock International Group’s Media Services business, citing the importance of its live sports streaming services. The acquisition includes the current company operation plus staff transferred in from Babcock Communications, affecting workers from its Wyvil Court office in London and its Woofferton transmitter […]  More

Sport Production Summit: Wimbledon tennis team to discuss in-house broadcast success

The management team that took the host broadcast operation for the Wimbledon tennis championships in-house will be among the speakers at SVG Europe’s Sport Production Summit in Amsterdam on 13 September. Head of Broadcast and Production Paul Davies (above, centre), Broadcast Manager Bethan Evans (above, left) and Broadcast Technical Manager Tom Giles (above, right) from […]  More

Eleven Sports snaps up F1 rights for Portugal

Eleven Sports has secured a three-year deal to broadcast coverage of Formula 1 (F1) motor racing in Portugal. The OTT broadcaster will show Friday and Saturday practice and qualifying sessions, and Sunday races, through live, delay and repeat broadcasts. The deal, which runs from 2019 until 2021, includes exclusive F1 rights across linear platforms and […]  More

Premier Sports unveils presentation and production plans for PRO14 rugby

A line-up of top pundits, every match shown live in HD and a ‘fresh’ approach to presentation are among the plans being laid out by Premier Sports ahead of its inaugural season broadcasting the PRO14 rugby. The 2018-19 championship, which involves professional rugby union sides from Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and South Africa, kicks off […]  More

Football Season 2018-19: BT Sport adds more 4K and VR, plans further remote production and HDR trials

As the 2018-19 football season gets into full swing, BT Sport is planning to tweak its on-screen and in-app coverage and looking to test out some alternative production workflows. Among the changes will be more live matches in 4K and additional 360-degree app highlights plus further trials for both remote production and high dynamic range […]  More

Six LPGA golf tournaments to air on Eleven Sports

Eleven Sports has added six tournaments from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour to its live rights portfolio in the UK and Ireland. The agreement includes the Indy Women in Tech Championship and Cambia Portland Classic in the US, the CP Women’s Open in Canada and the Buick LPGA Shanghai and Blue Bay LPGA in China.  The […]  More