SVG Europe eyes RWC workflows and Rio preparations for FutureSport 2015

SVGE_FUTURESPORTSlider2015 480pxThe full programme for the next SVG Europe technology summit, FutureSport 2015, has just been published. Making a return visit to The Kia Oval in London, FutureSport will include sessions on the technological advances in evidence at the latest Rugby World Cup, the potential and practicalities of High Dynamic Range (HDR), and the groundbreaking LiveIP Project, among other topics.

Following a comprehensive site tour of this iconic cricketing venue and a networking lunch, the summit will commence with an examination of ‘The Future of Sports Production Management’. Moderated by SVG executive director, editorial, Ken Kerschbaumer, the panel will feature leaders in sports production management discussing the tools they use to keep productions running smoothly, current challenges, and how best to keep up with productions that continue to get larger and larger.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup has attracted many plaudits for its focus on interactive and OTT content, and this will be reflected in a session entitled ‘The Year Rugby Really “Got Connected”. Volans Consulting founder Ian Volans will chair a session examining smartphone apps, non-linear content, workflow challenges and much more.

The next session will explore one of the hot-button topics at IBC2015 – High Dynamic Range and specifically its potential as a ‘must have’ for next-generation TV services. Issues to be covered by this panel include: the impact of HDR on camera shading; techniques to minimise eye strain and fatigue; and related terms and concepts that will need to be understood as HDR rises in prominence. Confirmed panellists include Mark Horchler, Elemental, Head of Marketing EMEA, and Andy Quested, BBC HD & UHD, Head of Technology.

Following a special case study (details TBA) and a networking break, delegates will regroup for an exclusive preview of the 2016 Olympic Games. In this session Olympic Broadcasting Services CTO Sotiris Salamouris will discuss the fit-out of the 85,400 square metre International Broadcast Centre at the Barra Olympic Park housing OBS and the Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs).

Panellists include EBU senior project manager networked media production Felix Poulin will participate in a session about the LiveIP Project, which was initiated by VRT in partnership with the EBU and 10 vendors under the banner of technology acceleration programme Sandbox+. The project yielded a POC at IBC2015 that broke new ground for interoperability, using SMPTE 2022/6, AES67 and PTP to transport broadcast feeds via an SDN.

The day will conclude with a follow-up to the session at SVG Europe’s most recent event, Sport Production Summit, which examined the remarkable story of innovation behind the August 2015 launch of Europe’s first 4K channel: BT Sport UHD. This time we will explore the challenges of taking 4K on the road with the channel’s purpose-built 4K OB truck in the company of panellists including BT Sport’s Andy Beale (chief engineer) and Jamie Hindhaugh (COO).

More panellists will be announced very soon, so keep an eye on the microsite (, where you can also view the programme and register to attend.

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