BBC Sport Tests “At Home” Production From UK’s dock10 Studios

BBC Sport tested a remote production (aka “At Home”) model developed by Arena Television and dock10, a major television facility in the UK, to cover the fourth round of the Football Association Challenge Cup soccer tournament. Everyone involved said it was a complete success.

The event followed months of technical testing and innovation between Arena Television and dock10, which jointly completed the live trial of a new “virtual gallery” solution. BBC Sport’s production team was based in a studio in dock10 that enabled a reduced amount of crew and kit to be sent on location at the match.

Joe Noonan, Commercial Manager at Arena TV, said that the remote gallery solution gives the production team the same control over production values as if they were at the event, with this trial’s success demonstrating that it can deliver sport as seamlessly as being on site.

“Broadcasters face ever increasing competition in delivering live sport to audiences and remote galleries enable a reduction in cost while also reducing the environmental impact,” he said.

Being based in the dock10 studios allows clients to manage multiple games and events on the same day from one site.

“With the appetite for reducing travel and increasing efficiencies, this has the potential to be the new standard in sports broadcasting,” said Andy Waters, Head of Studios at dock10. “As all of the camera feeds are sent to our gallery, we can also provide multiple alternative live feeds to audiences and different versions of a game for different channels.”

“As we explore the many potential advantages that the remote galley solution can provide, the success of our live trial with BBC Sport is a confident step in this new direction,” he said.

Arena Television Ltd. offers broadcasting and news gathering services while supporting multi-camera coverage of sporting events, music festivals and large studio based shows.

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