IBC 2019: Five sports production and broadcasting-related events not to miss

As you would expect, this year’s IBC will be awash with new technology and solutions that are relevant to sports TV producers and broadcasters. But the Amsterdam expo is also going to feature a number of events that might tickle the fancy of the sports community. SVG Europe has chosen five things to see while in Amsterdam this week.

1. Broadcast Academy panels and training

HBS’ Broadcast Academy, supported by EVS, is hosting a series of panel discussions and practical training sessions at IBC in its continued efforts to share experiences of working on major international sports events.

  • Day 1’s panels (Sunday 15 September) include sessions on ‘Remote Production in Live Sports’, ‘Digital Transformation and Social Media in Sports Production’ and ‘Creating Memorable Sports Moments on TV: Preparation or Luck?’. Find out more
  • Day 2’s training (Sunday 16 September) takes in three topics: ‘Encouraging women in sports production and directing’; ‘Train tomorrow’s stars’; and ‘Lean Production Using Software-define Technologies.’ Find out more

Where is it? G107

2. Esports showcase

New to IBC this year is the eSports showcase powered by ESL, EVS and Lagardere (Tuesday 17 September). From entry into esports, managing the complexity of production through to the seamless technical delivery of an esports broadcast, the IBC 2019 Esports showcase is going to feature some of the leading names in the eSports industry discussing the latest trends, showcasing current developments and demonstrating esports live on stage. Find out more

Where is it? E102

3. Liverpool vs Newcastle United in 4k HDR with Dolby Atmos

On Saturday (14 September) from 13:00 BT Sport will show what is being described as “one of the highest ever specification live football match broadcasts” as Liverpool take on Newcastle United in the English Premier League. The match will be available in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos. The coverage will be followed by a panel discussion around next-generation viewing formats, discussing 4K, HDR, immersive audio, 8K and VR, and featuring former Holland, Arsenal, Feyenoord and Manchester United footballer, and now BT Sport pundit, Robin Van Persie.

Where is it? BT stand D.002 in the outside exhibition area

4. Raising the game: state of the art VR and AR in sport

If you want to dip out of the Liverpool game early, there is a session in the IBC conference on AR and VR in sport on Saturday (14 September). This will see technologists and broadcasters discuss how they are creating new experiences for viewers. The session will feature a live AR rig demo plus insight into the upcoming Rugby World Cup and the low-down on BBC Sport’s new virtual reality studio for Match of the Day. Find out more

Where is it? Big Screen, Auditorium

5. SVG Europe Networking Events

SVG Europe is holding back-to-back networking events at IBC on Saturday (14 September). The first, for SVG Europe Women, takes place from 16.30 to 18.00. This will be followed by a main networking event for all from 18.00 to 20.00. The informal get-togethers will provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the show floor and will give you the chance to share a drink with friends, colleagues and peers from the sports broadcasting and production community. Registration is required. If you would like to come along, but you are yet to register, please contact [email protected]

Where is it? 1st Floor Restaurant in Europe Complex, next to Entrance K

For all the sports TV-related product and exhibitor news, keep an eye on our dedicated [email protected] blog

IBC 2019 takes place 13-17 September at the RAI in Amsterdam

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