IBC 2019 SportTechBuzz in Review: Halls 12-15 and Other News

The SVG Europe and SVG Americas editorial teams were out in full force at last week’s IBC Show, covering the biggest sports-technology news and delivering daily SportTechBuzz at IBC roundups. Here is a look at the IBC 2019 SportTechBuzz from Halls 12-15 and other news.

In this post, check out IBC news from BT Media, Broadcast Solutions, Canon, Digital Video Sud, EEG Video, Grabyo, Haivision, Ikegami, Marshall Electronics, Mobile Viewpoint, NEP, Professional Show, Red Bee Media, Signiant, Sony, Synamedia, Tellyo, Telstra, Teradek, V-Nova, Wowza Media Systems, and Zixi.

BT (O.D02) demonstrated one of the highest-ever specification live sports broadcasts here at IBC with a broadcast of the English Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at a private, invitation-only event, which was also attended by BT Sport’s latest pundit, football legend Robin van Persie. Working with established partners, BT Sport and BT’s Media & Broadcast division delivered the broadcast in 4K HDR pictures and Dolby Atmos sound. The demonstration builds on BT Sport’s heritage in providing the ultimate viewing experience, following its debut of Dolby Atmos in 2016 and this season’s launch of one of the world’s first HDR services, BT Sport Ultimate. Partnering on BT’s live demonstration today were Dolby, which supported creation and playback of immersive stadium sound using Dolby Atmos audio, and Timeline TV and Telegenic, providing the match coverage and match cameras, respectively. Jamie Hindhaugh, COO, BT Sport, says, “BT Sport Ultimate gives you the ultimate viewing experience. We’re proud to lead the industry with world-class pictures and sound. We will continue to innovate in this area, and viewers can expect more to come around personalization and immersive audio. BT Sport has a rich history of leading the industry with broadcast innovation, whether it’s this season’s launch of one of the world’s first HDR channels, BT Sport Ultimate, or, our 2018 world-first 5G-enabled remote-production broadcast in London.”

Broadcast Solutions has taken two stands at IBC 2018, including the show’s largest outdoor display space. Focusing on systems integration, the outdoor stand (O.E02) is accompanied by an indoor stand (8.D74) where Broadcast Solutions is presenting its answer to today’s and future challenges in managing media infrastructures. Based on more than 20 years’ experience in system design Broadcast Solutions has developed hi, an intuitive and easy to use control layer for media appliances.

Canon (12.D60) is talking about a new wide-angle lens on its stand here in Amsterdam. The CJ15ex4.3B IASE broadcast zoom lens with 4K optical quality is new to IBC. Says Yuya Suzuki, manager, broadcast product management, EMEA, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, “Normally, a zoom lens has a 12X ratio, but we’ve extended this lens to 15X ratio to increase the zoom capacity on the pitch side. This is now the widest-angle lens we do.” The company is also talking about last year’s big news for the sports-broadcasting market, the UHD DIGISUPER 122 UJ122x8.2B. “This is now well-accepted in the market for its zoom ratio and wide-angle lens,” Suzuki says. “It provides a more exciting, more emotional picture: if something happens in front of the goal keeper, you use this one to capture the emotion [of the players].”

Digital Video Sud (DVS), a Euro Media Group company, is on the Canon stand (12.D60) with the Superloupe 4K, which is available on the market now. The camera, which runs at up to 1,000 fps, was used this year at Roland Garros and the Tour de France. Previously, DVS provided the camera only for rental, but, following the closure of its market rival, iMovix, it is now offering the kit for sale. Says Guillaume Margon, head of R&D, Superloupe, “Before, we only did rental, but now that iMovix is gone, its old customers have been coming to us to ask if we’re going to sell the Superloupe 4K, so we decided to do it. We are at IBC talking to customers and distributors to see about selling it all over the world.”

In its first-ever appearance at the IBC Show, closed-captioning specialist EEG Video (14.B35) is making its presence felt with the launch of Lexi Local, which is the on-premises, off-the-cloud version of EEG’s Lexi automatic-captioning and subtitling service. There is also the debut of iCap Local, a companion product to EEG’s iCap cloud-based closed-captioning and subtitling delivery network. It enables deployment of iCap to a private, on-premises cloud, which is ideal for environments with tight internal security policies. VP, Sales, Eric McErlain says the company was motivated to cross the pond for IBC 2019 because of the global nature of the streaming-video business and the tremendous wealth of live video content that the company services.

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