TAG Gives Sports Broadcasters Birds-Eye View Of Content With Support For Sony Hawk-Eye Cameras

TAG Video Systems marks another milestone by adding visualization and monitoring support for Sony’s Hawk-Eye, a high-performance camera used in sports applications with atypical output. TAG, a worldwide provider of 100% SW, 100% IP, 100% COTS/cloud, probing, monitoring and multiviewing solutions for all four of the major broadcast applications (live production, playout, delivery and OTT), says it is the […]

Sceenic Named Game Changer In Sports Innovation Lab Power Play Index

Sceenic, a leading software solutions provider for real-time experiences, has been named a Game Changer in the growing Co-Watch trend in the latest Sports Innovation Lab Power Play Index. Sports Innovation Lab’s Power Play Index for the Fluid Fan Behaviour of Co-Watch identifies those companies that are best positioned to create immersive viewing experiences for […]

Mediakind Enables Live Streaming Of Champions Soccer League

Altice France’s SFR, France’s second-largest telecoms operator with 25 million customers, has extended the deployment of MediaKind’s Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP) solution to deliver live OTT coverage of a major European soccer competition, the Union of European Football Association’s (UEFA) Champions League (UCL). In August 2020, MediaKind’s highly scalable VSPP solution enabled SFR […]

Amazon Prime To Stream 21 Yankees Games

The games are produced by the Yankees’ YES Network and are all scheduled for broadcast on WPIX New York. YES said Tuesday they will be available at no additional cost to Prime members in the Yankees’ home market of New York state, Connecticut, northeast Pennsylvania, and north and central New Jersey.

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Yanks, Mets ‘Play Ball’ On WPIX

Why Sportscaster Jed DeMuesy Is Leaving WKRC

For TV, NFL Deal Is Likely A Matter Of Survival

The $113 billion deal

announced by the NFL and media companies last Thursday spreads professional football content broadly, with CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, ESPN and Amazon all getting pieces, and locks it in at a time little else can attract such a wide audience. “If you think of the future of network television, there is nothing more important to it than the NFL,” said Rich Greenfield, a media analyst for LightShed Partners, an industry research firm. During the current television season, the eight most-watched recurring programs are football.

COMMENTARY BY SHELLY PALMER

Has The NFL Killed Television?

Shelly Palmer: “Whenever I’m asked about the fate of the television business, I always answer, ‘As goes the next NFL deal, so goes TV.’ Well, as everyone with even the slightest interest in the subject already knows, the NFL/TV deal is done—but times have changed. The NFL deal makes it very clear that it is time for the FCC to think seriously about reclaiming the spectrum gifted to the local broadcast industry. It is also time for Congress to craft policies that not only respect the state of today’s technology but aspire to leverage the technology of tomorrow.”

Top Executive Is Latest To Leave MASN

NAACP Urges NFL To ‘Rethink Relationship’ With Fox

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP Thursday lashed out at Fox Corp., accusing the media company of exploiting the NFL and its 70% Black players, saying the league’s increasingly high subscriber fees help subsidize Fox News programming. The announcement came shortly before Fox announced a new, 11-year media rights agreement with the league.

Amazon Gets Thursday Night Games, NFL Nearly Doubles TV Revenue

The league took in $5.9 billion a year in its current contracts. It will get $113 billion over the 11 seasons of the new deals that begin in 2023, an increase of 80% over the previous such period. Amazon has partnered with the league to stream Thursday night games since 2017, but it will take over the entire package from Fox, which has had it since 2018. Games will continue to air on CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN, while ABC will have a limited schedule of games as well as returning to the Super Bowl rotation for the first time since the 2005 season. Above, CBS, with lead anchors Tony Romo (l) and Jim Nantz, will continue to carry its traditional package of games.

Hego Names A Head of Performance Analysis For Latin America

Hego, a ChyronHego brand specializing in live production services, has expanded its operations with the appointment of Diego Martínez del Campo as head of performance analysis for Latin America. Leveraging his experience as an elite athlete and his expertise in tactical analysis and data science, Martínez del Campo is heading his own Americas-based, Spanish-speaking team […]

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TVN Tech | Many COVID Changes Likely To Become Permanent For TV Sports

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.

CBS, Turner Partnership On NCAA Tournament Has Huge Benefits

This is the 10th year that CBS and Turner have teamed up for March Madness. While the deal provides the NCAA with its largest source of revenue, it has also turned a profit for both networks as well as benefiting fans because all of the games are available nationally. The success of the partnership, which will last until at least 2032, has exceeded the expectations of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus.

Brees Joins NBC Sports After Retiring From NFL

The quarterback great joined NBC Sports on Monday, a day after announcing his retirement from the NFL. He will serve as an analyst for Notre Dame games as well as work from the studio during Football Night in America on Sunday nights.

YouTube To Show 21 MLB Games This Season

The series of 21 telecasts start on Wednesday, April 7, at 1:10 p.m. ET when the Boston Red Sox host the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a two-game series, MLB and YouTube said Monday. The games are exclusive and will not be televised by club broadcast partners.

WLS Sacks Mark Giangreco After ‘Ditzy, Combative’ Comment About Cheryl Burton

Mike Pearl, Innovative TV Sports Producer, Dies

A winner of 16 Sport Emmys, he produced the groundbreaking pregame show The NFL Today and the highest-rated Olympics ever, the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, at CBS.

Sports Production in a Changed World

As media looks forward to a post-pandemic new normal, sports will lead the way in advancing remote workflows. How are technologists and vendors progressing on eliminating latency from key parts of the distributed production process? What advances do they see coming in 2021 and 2022 to bring more efficiencies and viewer engagement to sports production?

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TVN Tech | Pandemic Halts HDR, UHD Momentum

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.

WarnerMedia, CBS Gear Up for ‘Very Complex’ March Madness Tournament

Ad sales have been “remarkably strong” following last year’s cancellation. Turner and CBS have now had an entire year to prepare for the return of March Madness, which is going to look a little different from 2019. All 67 games will be staged entirely in Indiana, and 10 production teams will work the event, up from the usual eight.

Joe Tait, Voice Of Cleveland Cavaliers And Indians, Dies At 83

National Hockey League, Disney Strike 7-Year Pact

Hockey will return in a big way to Walt Disney’s ESPN in a new seven-year deal that breaks NBCUniversal’s dominance of the sport’s TV rights and makes some National Hockey League games available for streaming in broader fashion. ESPN’s new deal with the NHL will last from the 2021-22 season through the 2027-28 season, the network announced today.

Fox To Air Big Ten Basketball Tournament In 4K

Liberty CEO Sees Amazon Driving Big Tech’s TV Sports Rights Ambitions

“They’re only going to get more serious over time,” Greg Maffei told an investors conference about the e-commerce giant eyeing live sports agreements, including with the NFL in the U.S. market.

EVS Launches Blackbird Partnership For International Sporting Events

Blackbird plc, the developer and seller of the cloud video editing platform Blackbird, has announced a partnership with EVS with launch deployments for international sporting events. EVS is a global provider of live video technology for broadcast and new media productions. Through its range of products and solutions, EVS delivers some of the most high-profile and prestigious live […]

Q&A WITH EDMUND LEE

Sports Are The Internet’s Secret Key

To glimpse the future of entertainment on the internet, pay attention to where we can watch football.

Mo-Sys Launches StarTracker Sports Studio

Mo-Sys Engineering, providers of virtual production and image robotics, and Hyper Studios, suppliers of cloud broadcast graphics, have created what they call the first virtual production system with data-driven sports graphics. StarTracker Sports Studio combines a complete virtual production system, based on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, and capable of generating moving camera virtual studios, augmented […]

Fallen King Of Cable TV Bets That Live Sports Can Stem Decline

Once an icon of cable TV’s money-minting powers, USA Network today symbolizes the industry’s long slide in the face of relentless cord cutting. Now, it’s becoming a crucial test of how much more cash can be wrung from the declining pay TV business.

Amazon In Talks For More Exclusive NFL Games

The National Football League is on the verge of signing new rights deals with media partners that could see Amazon carry many games exclusively and TV networks pay as much as double their current rate, people familiar with the matter said. New agreements could be in place as early as next week, the people said.

JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports Graphics VP, Talks Super Bowl Tech

Will Mark Giangreco Ever Return To WLS Chicago?

Legendary Sports Producer Mike Pearl Dies At 77

America’s First Black National TV Sports Analyst Irv Cross Dies

Broadcasting pioneer and former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Irv Cross died Sunday morning near his home Roseville, Minn., the Philadelphia Eagles announced on the team’s website. He was 81.

ESPN Re-Signs Rece Davis As ‘College GameDay’ Host

ESPN has re-signed Rece Davis to a multiyear contract that will keep him in place as host of the network’s popular Saturday college football pregame show. The network announced the deal Monday. Davis, 55, is entering his seventh year as host of ESPN’s “College GameDay.” He told The Associated Press this new deal will take […]

Female KVUE Sports Anchor Addresses Appearance To Avoid ‘Backlash’

Pluto TV Winds Up To Launch MLB Channel

Paramount+ ‘Doubling Down’ On Soccer, NFL & More Sports In Clear Challenge To Peacock

Kaitee Daley, Flora Kelly Get Promoted At ESPN

Why Wasn’t A Housebound Nation Tuning In To Watch Sports On TV Last Year?

You’d think that viewership would skyrocket, but the opposite happened, and it may be because viewing habits are changing, pandemic or no pandemic.