Kevin Hilton began his journalism career in radio and counts among his few sport reports a piece in the early 1980s about the now English Championship league football club Plymouth Argyle. Moving into magazine work during the mid-1980s Hilton freelanced for a number of video software and music titles before becoming staff writer on Pro Sound News Europe. He later moved on to Broadcast Systems International before taking over the editor's position at Sound & Communications Systems. He went freelance again in 1993 and has written for a range of technology, broadcast and home cinema publications, including Television Broadcast Europe, Flipside, Focus, the Guardian newspaper, Audio Media and Pro Sound News. Hilton became www.sportvideo.org's Europe correspondent/editor in 2006 and while still not an ardent sports fan he finds some fascination in listening to people taking time out of their Saturday evenings to argue about football on BBC Radio Five Live.

Recent Posts by Kevin Hilton, European Correspondent

Bayerischer Rundfunk Tests 3D Coverage of Ski Jumping

The march of 3DTV sports coverage continues, with the first live stereoscopic test broadcast of ski jumping. The second stage of the Four Hills tournament, held in the Bavarian resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Dec. 31-Jan. 1, was covered by public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), working with Sony Professional and facilities company TopVision. The 3D […]  More

Freesat Expands Red Button Interactive Offerings

Viewers in the UK on the Freesat free-to-air satellite platform can now enjoy the same Red Button interactive features as those watching Sky, cable operator Virgin Media, and the Freeview digital terrestrial service. This includes single-stream video and Sport Multiscreen, which was part of the original launch. Ronald Bullen, service delivery manager for BBC Red […]  More

NEP Visions Flies OB Gear, Crew Into Kazakhstan for Asian Winter Games

UK outside-broadcast operator NEP Visions has sent flight-case-packed facilities and 85 crew members to Kazakhstan in the run-up to the 7th Asian Winter Games, which begin Jan. 30. Visions has been contracted by host broadcaster IGBS (International Games Broadcast Services) to provide equipment at the six venues in the city of Almaty, which is hosting […]  More

Input Media Covers Indoor Bowls Championship for BBC

The BBC began its live coverage of the World Indoor Bowls Championship Jan. 17, extending a busy period of sports broadcasting that included the BDO Darts Championship (Jan. 1-10) and the Masters Snooker (Jan. 9-16). The broadcasts from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK, are produced by Input Media, which won a two-year contract to cover World […]  More

Formula One Championship To Be Covered in HD

Formula One TV coverage is making the leap to high definition this season. Formula One Management (FOM), which controls the media rights for all Grand Prix races and oversees host-broadcast coverage, confirmed this week what has been expected for some time: that the 20 rounds of the 2011 F1 Championship will originate in HD, starting […]  More

RaceTech Slates Three HD Trucks for Completion by March

UK horseracing-television-facilities company RaceTech is installing digital matrix intercom systems into the three new HD trucks it currently has under construction. The vehicles are due to come into service during the first quarter, with the intention that they will work on Channel 4’s coverage of the Cheltenham Festival in March, making it the first major […]  More

AP’s GVW To Provide Sports News From China’s CCTV

Sports news from China is now available to broadcasters around the world through a new syndication deal between the country’s state national television service, CCTV, and the Associated Press. Under the deal, AP will carry news, sports coverage, and entertainment updates as part of its global video service. CCTV News Content became available on Jan. […]  More

Darts Championship Goes 3D

Armchair-bound darts fans will be dodging the arrows over Christmas as the semi-finals and finals of the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) Championship will be broadcast in 3D for the first time. Sky Sports transmitted the culmination of the World Matchplay tournament stereoscopically in July, but that was when the broadcaster’s 3D channel was available only […]  More

New 3D Tile Format Lets 2D Sets Display 3D Signal

Europe could steal a march on the U.S. in the 3DTV stakes after the Dec. 1 launch of a technology that provides backwards-compatibility between stereoscopic signals and existing 2D sets. The 3D Tile Format is a joint development by public and private research and broadcast organisations in the northwestern Italian region of Piedmont, including Sisvel, […]  More

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