It’s estimated that well over three billion people will watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup Championship on TV this year, with one billion predicted for the final match alone. FOX Sports, the sole English language broadcaster, wants to get this job done right-but also on budget.
Grass Valley is one of the foremost providers of sports and news post production equipment around the world. And with their acquisition of SAM, their solutions are just going to get better. Here’s a snapshot of where the company’s technology is just prior to NAB 2018.
Further evidence that the inflationary spiral in premium sporting rights is ending has come from Spain, where Telco Telefonica has refused to bid for the next round of Champions League and La Liga TV football rights in the country.
Although it was played in a domed stadium, perhaps the biggest challenge for the 400-person strong NBC Sports Group crew in covering Super Bowl LII on February 4 was Minneapolis’ single-digit weather and record snowfall outside. To counter this, NBC Sports built a heated giant tent covering the entire NEP Broadcast truck compound outside the stadium.
Remote studio production and virtual playout centers continue to gain traction around the world as new efficiencies and cost savings have become clear. MySports, a new 4K (UHD) pay-TV sports channel based in Switzerland, now maintains two locations—in Erlenbach and Rossens—that share video, audio and intercom signals at every level to enable precise machine control from afar.
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Live online video is booming worldwide, especially over mobile, but with big regional differences in drivers. The main factors in most cases are growing availability of OTT access to live sports and improved quality of service (QoS) over cellular networks. These factors are conspiring to boost consumption not just by volume but also duration of viewing, with 4G mobile services increasingly conducive to longer form content, whether on demand or live. Indeed, there is a fast growing move up to various formats of HD for online services even on mobile devices, according to recent data from USA-based video acquisitions firm LiveU.
Here in the Athletics department at the University of Maine, the UMaine Black Bears compete in the America East Conference of NCAA Division I for all sports except hockey and football, which compete in the Hockey East conference and Colonial Athletic Association, respectively. We had previously performed some live video production using entry-level equipment, but when America East reached an agreement to bring our basketball games to ESPN3, we needed to upgrade to broadcast-quality equipment and workflows for the first time. At the same time, for sports not shown on ESPN3, we also wanted to start streaming matches to social media platforms including YouTube with similarly high production values. I had worked with Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras in my own Communication Studies courses as a student at another college, so I knew they would be easy for the students to learn and operate. We purchased two of them, which we use on tripods to provide main game and close-up shots, and we plan to add two more as handheld cameras on the sidelines in the future.