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 Eurosport, Fox Sports, UEFA, BT Sport, DAZN, Google and Host Broadcast Services

Here are SVG Europe’s pick of the sports-related sessions not to miss:

Sunday 16 September

How Eurosport is driving digital to attract new audiences
12:00 Auditorium
Eurosport Digital executive vice president and managing director Ralph Rivera and former International Association of Athletics chief executive Olivier Gers discuss what makes the ultimate fan social experience for any sports event, across the planet.

FOX Sports revolutionises delivery of the 2018 FIFA World Cup
15:45 The Forum
This session looks at how FOX Sports delivered incredible viewer experiences by streaming live HD and UHD video across unmanaged IP networks from Russia to its central facilities in Los Angeles for real-time editing. It is chaired by SVG global editorial director Ken Kerschbaumer.

Tech Talks: Advances in sport production
16:45 The Forum
There are various parts to this session including one hosted by Nicolas Deal, TV transmission manager, TV production, at UEFA and Olivier Barnich, engineering manager at EVS, looking at how AI can improve storytelling in live football coverage. Other topics include next-generation audio and object-based multiscreen experiences.

Monday 17 September

How MTG’s eSports brands are shaping a hyper-growth industry
10:45 The Forum
BBC Radio 1 gaming reporter Julia Hardy chairs a 1:1 with esports investor Arnd Benninghoff, chief executive of esports and gaming group MT, delving into an industry that is giving traditional sports a run for their money.

Tuesday 18 September

Advanced level sports direction
10:00 Meeting Room G107
As part of The Host Broadcast Services (HBS) Broadcast Academy, this session covers various styles of production and will see selected participants given the opportunity to direct a sporting event on the Live TV Simulator. HBS’ Riki Van Steeden, a live producer for the World Cup in Russia, will be on hand to provide feedback.

IBC 2018 takes place on 12-17 September at the RAI in Amsterdam


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