Recent Posts by Philip Stevens, SVG Europe

Countdown to Kick Off: Sky Italia Prepares For New Serie A Season

Italy’s 2019-2020 Serie A kicks off on Saturday with a match between Parma and Juventus and with coverage provided by Sky Italia. “We’ve been producing Serie A since the birth of Sky Italia in 2003,” explains Dante De lulio, the broadcaster’s director of sport programming and production. “We have always been the key partner for […]  More

Journey to Japan: How RTÉ Prepares for the Rugby World Cup

Earlier this year, Eir Sport and RTÉ announced that a sub-licencing agreement had been reached between the two broadcasters in relation to Rugby World Cup 2019. The sub-licensing deal means that public service broadcaster RTÉ secured TV rights to broadcast 14 live matches. This will include all of Ireland’s games, all knockout stages and the final, as […]  More

How Mediapro Is Preparing for the New LaLiga Season

Mediapro has been producing TV coverage of LaLiga matches for more than 20 years. As host broadcaster, and in agreement with LaLiga, it offers the following to every rights holder: match production, support programmes, graphics, related activities, matchday liaison, on-site facilities accreditation, distribution services and requests, bookings and an online platform.  More

How Sky Sports Is Covering the 2019-20 EPL and EFL Seasons

Under the terms of its new English Premier League (EPL) contract, which kicks in this month, Sky Sports will cover 128 live and 80 non-live games each season until 2021-22. Included in the output for 2019-20 will be Dolby Atmos sound on live games and an updated augmented reality (AR) studio for presentation.  More

How ITV Sport Is Preparing for the Rugby World Cup

UK rights-holding broadcaster ITV Sport began its planning for the 2019 tournament in October 2017 when the first recce in Japan was carried out. In addition to covering all 48 matches, those plans call for around 60 hours of live programming featuring all aspects of the event and accompanying activities.  More

How BT Sport Is Preparing for the 2019-20 Premier League Season

Six years ago – on August 1, 2013 – BT Sport was launched. Three years later, the broadcaster has built a network of multiple linear and digital services with a rights portfolio including live and exclusive coverage of every UEFA Champions League match. For the coming season, Amazon has the rights to show every game […]  More

Journey to Japan: How Host Broadcast Plans For Rugby World Cup 2019 Are Falling Into Place

“IGBS has brought the ‘dream team’ concept to the Rugby World Cup (RWC) with production teams from the major rugby territories — France, UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.” That’s how David Shield, co-project director, IGBS, describes the preparations for this year’s rubgy extravaganza in Japan. IGBS (International Games Broadcast Services) is a joint […]  More

Around the Leagues: Bringing The Bundesliga To The Screen For The 2018-19 Season

As a subsidiary of the DFL, Sportcast is the host broadcaster of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, and as such is responsible for the TV production of all 612 matches per season. “The so-called ‘basic signal’ is used as a live feed or for pre-recorded coverage by national and international rights holders,” says Henning Wenzel, […]  More