Recent Posts by Will Strauss, Editor

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

Live from the O2: Sky Sports tests Batcam Wire on Haye Bellew 2

A high-wire camera system piloted by the aerial filming company Batcam was among the production tools being used at the O2 last weekend as Sky Sports Boxing delivered live pay-per-view coverage of David Haye versus Tony Bellew. Operated by company founder Alastair Soutar, Batcam Wire provided director Sara Chenery and her team with pictures from […]  More

Discovery-owned Quest snaps up EFL highlights rights

The English Football League (EFL) has sold the UK highlights rights for its various competitions to Quest, the Discovery-owned free-to-air channel. From 2018/19 season, edited coverage of the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two, as well as the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, will be produced by Eurosport and […]  More

Facebook added to line-up for SVG Europe’s SportTech on 30 May

Melissa Lawton, Live Sports Production Strategist at Facebook, will present a special session at SVG Europe’s OTT-themed SportTech conference later this month. In ‘More Than Just Friends: Streaming Live Sport With Facebook’, New York-based Lawton will provide delegates with a unique insight into the relationship between sports broadcasting and Facebook, exploring editorial considerations, fan engagement […]  More