EVS, a global provider of live video technology and new media productions, today released XtraMotion, an on-demand cloud-based service that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to transform any video content into super slow-motion replays. XtraMotion has been developed to help broadcasters enhance the viewing experience by bringing new super slow-motion capabilities in an efficient and cost-effective way. […]
Fox Sports adds to its growing lineup of original digital franchises with two new podcasts launching this week: Out of Character with Ryan Satin and Flippin’ Bats with Ben Verlander. Out of Character, featuring special guest Edge, debuts Monday, March 29, and Flippin’ Bats, highlighted by a conversation with Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day starter Tyler Glasnow, premieres Tuesday, March 30. “We […]
Sportscaster Dick Stockton, who called more than 1,500 games cross the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, as well as collegiate sports and two Olympics, is retiring after more than 55 years behind the microphone. Fox Sports, which has employed Stockton since the division launched in 1994, announced his retirement today.
Executives from Fox Sports and CBS Sports are among those predicting a sports production future with dramatically reduced onsite staff, greater operational efficiencies and cost savings, though with a fallout of job losses for mobile production personnel.
Networks, mobile truck companies and tech vendors agree the pandemic will impact HDR and UHD production through this year through a combination of equipment availability, complex new remote workflows and financial constraints.
Besides having to do all profiles virtually due to COVID-19 protocols, there has been keeping up with late-breaking news and trying to hold the usual lively debates while being socially distanced. Above, l-r: Charissa Thompson, Tony Gonzalez, and Michael Vick discuss NFL topics on the set of Fox NFL Kickoff during a 2019 show.
In a different era, the sportscasterer winding down after a long night of calling balls, strikes, first downs, field goals or what have you might be eager to get to the bar. Joe Buck of Fox Sports yearns merely for a steaming bowl of chicken noodle or creamy tomato. Buck’s head is no doubt crammed with baseball stats and football maneuvers, but he has reason these days to keep a little space in his mind for the condition of his throat. His current Fox Sports schedule may have him talking to fans for 17 of 18 consecutive days.
New remote production techniques, distributed workflows and onsite safety protocols have dramatically reshaped sports production. As COVID-19 continues to be a threat, sports producers can expect less travel, trucks staying in place and a slowdown of UHD production until the crisis abates.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox Sports does “not agree” with Skip Bayless’ comments criticizing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for coming forward speaking about his battle with depression. Bayless said on his “Undisputed” show Thursday “I don’t have sympathy for him going public with, ‘I got depressed’ and ‘I suffered depression early in COVID to […]
Fox Sports has laid off 50 to 100 staffers in what is being described as a restructuring and streamlining effort at the company, TheWrap has confirmed. That number amounts to 5% to 10% of the company’s total workforce.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen told The Associated Press he has agreed to a contract with Fox Sports to become its No. 2 NFL game analyst once he retires from football. Olsen signed a one-year, $6.9 million contract with the Seahawks earlier this offseason after spending nine seasons with the […]
Network executives knew the first weekend with multiple live events would draw good numbers but for the most part they exceeded expectations. The Bundesliga’s return drew record numbers on Fox Sports 1, Saturday night’s UFC card on ESPN was one of the top shows on cable television and Sunday’s NASCAR race on Fox was the most-viewed non-Daytona race in three years.
The first live sports events on network TV in more than two months delivered strong ratings Sunday. Fox’s telecast of a NASCAR race in Darlington, S.C., delivered 6.32 million viewers, a 38 percent jump over the previous race on March 8. Like other major pro sports leagues, NASCAR shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. NBC also brought back live sports Sunday with a golf event, TaylorMade Driving Relief. Numbers for the four-man skins match, featuring Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, weren’t available at publication time.
Many of Fox Sports’ on-air anchors and analysts will take a temporary pay cut, largely in tandem with compensation decreases among top executives at parent company Fox Corp., which is, like many other media conglomerates, grappling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on operations.
Costs are inhibiting a flood of 4K sports production, but 1080p HDR offers numerous practical advantages, among them that the improvement in picture quality is more readily apparent to consumers than the gain from 4K resolution. Above, Sony tested an 8K camera at the Sony Open in Hawaii last year, but doesn’t expect 8K to be used for regular sports production for several years.
This week, several Fox Sports execs participated in hour-long video conferences with six key ad agency partners, including GroupM, Omnicom and IPG. During the Zoom chats, the execs discussed the conversations they’ve been having with the leagues, shared various scenarios for when sports could return and fielded questions about the sports marketplace.
ESPN and Fox Sports had to come together if the heavyweight showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand hotel this Saturday was to happen. And it’s also true that both networks are blanketing the airwaves this week like never before in an effort to get people to dig into their pockets for the $79.99 it will cost to watch the fight at home.
Fox Sports‘ coverage of Super Bowl LIV included a new graphics package with an emphasis on stats and an illustrated twist.
Red Bee has signed a multiyear contract to deliver master control room (MCR) services to Fox Sports in the Netherlands. Fox Sports will be providing high-end international sports content to their viewers using Red Bee’s multi-tenant IP-based Global MCR Platform in Hilversum. As part of the contribution and distribution, Red Bee will provide mobile encoding […]
Fox Sports has hired Rob Gronkowski as an NFL analyst. The network announced on Tuesday that the former New England Patriots tight end will make his debut during Thursday night’s pregame show before the Patriots-New York Giants game. Gronkowski retired at the end of last season after winning his third Super Bowl with the Patriots. […]
Fox NFL Sunday, which kicks off Fox’s 26th season covering the league on Sunday, was inducted into the National Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in April. It takes its place beside Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Meet the Press and All In The Family. Above (l-r), Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson get ready for the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show during the 2018 season at the Fox Sports studio in Los Angeles.
A step up from past LCD video walls, the new LED technology is increasingly featuring in new news set designs, enabling crisper images and more flexibility.
Fox Sports says it is buying just under 5% of The Stars Group, the parent company of PokerStars, for about $236 million. Both companies will offer real-money sports betting this fall in states where it is legal and they are licensed.
Walt Disney Co., on the brink of sealing its $71 billion takeover of 21st Century Fox Inc. entertainment assets, will agree to sell the Fox Sports channels in Brazil and Mexico to win regulatory approval there, according to people close to the discussions
Fox Sports and NBC Sports — two of the companies that were considered the most likely bidders for all or part of the 22 Fox Sports regional sports networks being sold by Disney — did not submit bids last week when they were due, leaving the media industry to wonder who’s in.