Live Production

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Love Island: From villa to screen

2018-07-11T07:30:00+01:00By

Behind the scenes of ITV’s summer hit that has sold all over the world to countries including Germany, Australia and Finland.

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World Cup streaming: How to avoid scoring an own goal

2018-07-05T13:16:00+01:00By

There was a social media meltdown early in the World Cup as Australian fans damned an OTT service provider for failing to adequately stream matches. So how should OTT providers ensure that streaming of high-demand live events keeps the fans happy?

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Is AI the future of sports production?

2018-07-05T10:41:00+01:00By

Programmers have taught AI platform IBM Watson to learn the meaning behind expressions, fan reaction and body language, allowing Wimbledon to get highlights from Centre Court online faster than ever before.

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Tuning radio for South Sudan

2018-07-04T07:32:00+01:00By

Most stories about new broadcast facilities are all about beautiful buildings designed by ‘starchitects’ featuring soaring atriums and state-of-the-art studios and production systems. This is not one of them. This is the story of tin-roofed, mudbrick buildings with no air-conditioning, and brand new, old-fashioned analogue production kit.

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From Russia with live: Your guide to the World Cup

2018-06-14T06:58:00+01:00By

UHD, HDR, AI, VR and social media expansion make debut for FIFA’s World Cup.

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Analysis: What Discovery’s $2bn golf deal means for the broadcaster

2018-06-13T08:18:00+01:00By

Discovery’s $2 billion purchase for all non-US television and digital rights of golf’s PGA Tour tournaments could create the largest single sport OTT offering, but why has the broadcaster decided to invest so much in the sport?

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Analysis: Has Amazon scored with its Premier League package?

2018-06-12T07:42:00+01:00By

Amazon’s estimated £100 million purchase of an English Premier League football package puts beyond doubt any question that the future of live sports viewing is now in the hands of the tech giants.

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Boosting audience connection with remote production

2018-06-06T11:19:00+01:00By

Increasing audience demands for more content and more engagement are driving a new wave of remote production, but the big players stress that, as ever, connectivity is a key factor.

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NBA shoots for eSports glory

2018-06-05T14:49:00+01:00By

The new age battle for eSports audiences and revenues between the world’s top professional leagues took a giant step forward this month with the launch of the NBA’s own eSports league.

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CTO Series: Bevan Gibson, ITN

2018-06-01T10:03:00+01:00By

A broadcast news organisation needs flexible reactions and infrastructure to deliver current affairs on time, but also forward planning and skills investment to guarantee continued success, according to ITN’s Bevan Gibson

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Tapping into local video talent

2018-05-28T07:00:00+01:00By Lorcan Archer

With many broadcasters still grappling with how to collaborate with freewheeling creators, has BBC Wales hit on the ideal model for community interaction?

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Football bodies & broadcasters to tackle live UHD HDR

2018-05-23T15:32:00+01:00By

Coverage of the UEFA Champions League Final is set to be another UHD and VR 360 spectacular, while chances seem high that the BBC will commit to UHD HDR live streaming of FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Time to increase BAME representation in broadcast

2018-05-22T19:10:00+01:00By

Attitudes might be moving in the right direction but there’s still an imbalance facing black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) talent in the broadcast industry

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Making sports more TV friendly

2018-05-22T08:58:00+01:00By

From Tie Break Tens tennis to Power8 Sprints rowing, bite-sized sports are shooting for digital audiences with short attention spans.

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Roundtable: Sports and eSports for online audiences

2018-05-21T14:53:00+01:00

A second IBC365 roundtable discussion, hosted by Claire Tavernier, explores the relationship between traditional sports and the emerging eSports community.

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Craft Leaders: Roger Deakins, Cinematographer

2018-05-16T14:54:00+01:00By

Looking back on almost 50 years of iconic films, ranging from The Shawshank Redemption and The Big Lebowski to Skyfall and Blade Runner 2049, the British cinematographer discusses his creative approach and his life in pictures.

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The brakes are off: F1 to launch 'fan-focused' OTT service

2018-05-11T10:51:00+01:00By

The launch of F1 TV this weekend marks the motorsport’s biggest investment in its digital transformation to date. Few see it as a risk.

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Calling the shots on diversity in film and TV

2018-05-11T08:25:00+01:00By

Women are under-represented in all areas of broadcast, from leadership roles at hardware and software firms, to directors and script writers, camera operators and engineers.

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Spotlight on: Mobile journalists

2018-04-27T10:28:00+01:00By

Mobile video journalists (MoJo) from CBC, RTE and BBC offer insight into how technology has revolutionised reporting, the impact of mobile apps and the threat to traditional reporting.

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Video: Keith Lane, NEP

2018-04-27T10:17:00+01:00

NAB 2018: NEP’s Keith Lane on the ways the industry is making remote production a reality and the cost and quality benefits of adoption.

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eSports producers demand flexible tools as interest surges

2018-04-27T08:28:00+01:00By

The phenomenon of eSports is a transformational concept, a genuine disrupter. While acknowledging the use of the obvious cliché, it is a game changer.

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BBC, Discovery and YouTube execs to deliver keynote speeches at IBC2018

2018-04-25T15:29:00+01:00

BBC Studios Chief Executive Tim Davie, Discovery Networks International President and Chief Executive Jean-Briac ‘JB’ Perrette and YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan are to deliver keynotes at the IBC2018 Conference.

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CTO Series: Mohamed Abuagla, Al Jazeera

2018-04-25T12:46:00+01:00By

The key challenges facing the broadcast industry are not just to do with technology, according to Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Abuagla.

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Blog: There's no such thing as a magic bullet

2018-04-20T10:14:00+01:00By

With ever-increasing competition among broadcasters for viewers and revenue, John Maxwell Hobbs asserts there is no ‘magic bullet’.

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The Tiger effect: Woods' impact on TV viewing figures

2018-04-19T09:45:00+01:00By

Ross Biddiscombe explores the fierce impact Tiger Woods has on clawing in live television audiences.

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On-demand webinar: Transforming live sports production with Artificial Intelligence

2018-04-18T12:27:00+01:00Sponsored by

Watch now to hear key players discuss real world experience of the role AI is taking in live sports.

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NAB 2018: UHD lenses in focus

2018-04-13T09:21:00+01:00By

NAB 2018: The range of cameras with larger sensors from the likes of Arri, Panavision, Red and Sony offer more choice than ever when it comes to acquisition formats and lens options.

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UHD and HDR in the frame at NAB 2018

2018-04-12T19:32:00+01:00By

NAB 2018: A glut of statistics on consumer interest in UHD, as well as the unveiling of kit from the likes of Sony, Blackmagic, Canon and Panasonic point to the steady uptake of UHD.

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Spotlight on: UAV operators

2018-03-29T11:05:00+01:00By

In the second instalment in a series of articles that look at job roles and their relationship with technology, Alana Foster speaks with three unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators.

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CTO Series: Bartek Gudowski, MTG

2018-03-29T10:21:00+01:00By

From building new playout centres to strengthening MTG’s triple play offering, Bartek Gudowski explains the priorities of a modern CTO and why cyber security is a global issue.

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Capturing clean audio

2018-03-29T08:24:00+01:00By

With the quality of audio capture integral to the success of a production, IBC365 speaks with industry experts to examine the changing requirements production sound mixers and the response of manufacturers.

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On-demand webinar: NAB Show 2018 Deconstructed

2018-03-28T14:30:00+01:00

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas: IBC365 is joined by a panel of industry experts to review what went on, what was hot, and what happened at the NAB 2018 conference and show floor.

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CTO Series: Paul Cheesbrough, 21st Century Fox

2018-03-23T10:58:00+00:00By

In the second instalment of our CTO Series, 21st Century Fox’s Paul Cheesbrough speaks about the challenges of delivering content to more platforms than ever before and explains why cyber security is his number one priority.

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MMA and the fight for online audiences

2018-03-16T11:07:00+00:00By

The ongoing fight for TV audiences in one of the world’s fastest growing sports, mixed martial arts, has found a new and unusual battleground.

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Spotlight on: Digital Imaging Technicians

2018-03-09T11:39:00+00:00By

In the first of a series of articles that look at job roles and their relationship with technology, Alana Foster speaks with three digital imaging technicians whose credits include Black Mirror, Skyfall and McMafia.

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BBC, C4, ITV & C5 contend for RTS awards

2018-03-08T20:48:00+00:00By

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced its 2018 programme awards nominations.

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Making a modern news room

2018-03-07T10:38:00+00:00

Fitting out a new ‘pay as you go’ news studio required a focus on future proofing and building an infrastructure with the resilience and contingency to handle 4K from cameras to cables, writes Wesley Dodd.

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Taking on the might of FAANG

2018-02-27T16:48:00+00:00By

The power of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google was a recurring subject on the opening day of the conference at Mobile World Congress.

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Blog: TV isn't dead, it's evolving

2018-02-23T07:00:00+00:00By

The way we shoot and deliver TV and film may have changed, but despite the constant cycle of change, cinema and TV is still in good health, says John Maxwell Hobbs.

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The week in numbers: Media plurality to media awards

2018-02-22T14:37:00+00:00By

Murdoch extends Sky News promise and Disney and Marvel break box office records.

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Metadata, AI and automated workflows: Vendors' news tech plans

2018-02-22T10:14:00+00:00By

Making sure that metadata remains with material, the use of AI to search archives and workflows that allow journalists to publish one story to multiple platforms simultaneously - George Jarrett completes a two-part look at the newsroom technology market.

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Bafta 2018 winners

2018-02-19T17:15:00+00:00By

Sir Ridley Scott awarded the highest honour at the Baftas as Three Billboards, Darkest Hour and The Shape of Water scoop top awards.  

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Grass Valley and SAM: The challenges and benefits of consolidation

2018-02-19T16:44:00+00:00By

Belden’s decision to buy SAM and combine it with Grass Valley continues a long history of acquisitions for both companies, but what are the challenges in merging the firms and what does the deal mean for the wider industry?

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In Numbers: PyeongChang Winter Olympics

2018-02-15T13:52:00+00:00By

It’s not just the athletes that have broken records at the XXIII Winter Olympics in PyeongChang - the technology has set new standards too.

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BBC, Netflix, C4 and Sky Atlantic shortlisted for BPG Awards

2018-02-15T06:00:00+00:00By

The Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) has shortlisted traditional and online-first television programmes for its 44th annual awards.

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Delivering the story: Newsroom technology

2018-02-14T16:59:00+00:00By

In the first of a two part series on newsroom technology, George Jarrett talks to the BBC and vendors about enabling journalists and delivering content to digital and broadcast platforms.

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8K: Ignore it at your peril

2018-02-07T14:57:00+00:00By

Manufacturers have been showcasing their latest 8K displays and the upcoming Winter Games looks set to be a watershed for 8K production, but what does the long term future hold for high resolution content?

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BBC, Sky and ITV coverage of Grenfell Tower fire nominated for RTS awards

2018-02-06T13:34:00+00:00By

The Royal Television Society has announced the nominations for its 2018 Television Journalism Awards.

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Blog: Building a worse mousetrap

2018-02-01T16:20:00+00:00By

“Good enough,” is not a phrase usually heard in the corridors of broadcasters unless it’s following the words “that’s not”, writes John Maxwell Hobbs.

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The New Canvas: How emerging tech is changing storytelling

2018-01-26T09:34:00+00:00

Technicolor CTO Jon Walkenhorst and colleagues discuss how emerging technology is changing the way stories are told.

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2018 Oscar nominations: Inside the technical categories

2018-01-24T10:40:00+00:00By

IBC365 previews the technical categories for the 90th Academy Awards in which digital acquisition dominates.

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Top 10 most-read Production articles

2017-12-19T12:31:00+00:00By

The making of the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 and the rise of virtual reality content were among IBC365’s most-read Production articles of 2017.

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IBC2017 technical papers: Virtual reality and 360-degree video

2017-11-17T11:16:00+00:00

Virtual reality (VR) for immersive live-action and 360-degree video, optimising audience experiences and deploying VR were among the topics covered in this year’s technical papers.

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Remote production: Is it time to sell the OB truck?

2017-11-17T11:05:00+00:00By Tony Gregory

Remote production makes sense for some types of TV and it could usher in a new wave of innovative formats, writes Tony Gregory.

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Technology as a factor for event success

2017-11-13T16:49:00+00:00Brought to you by

How can event organisers make best use of new technologies and how can they distinguish valuable applications from temporary fads and how can technology experts help them with that, ask Pim Schoonderwoerd and Paul Hassink.

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IBC2017 technical papers: Audio

2017-11-03T10:27:00+00:00

Technical papers on audio presented at IBC2017 included UK startup Salsa Sound, which went on to win the IABM Annual Conference Dragons’ Den competiton earlier this month for its live sports broadcast system.

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Experiments in immersion

2017-11-03T09:56:28.097+00:00By O. Spall G. Thomas Z. Watson and M. Glancy

Case study: The BBC has over forty VR, 360 video and immersive audio experiments, that teams across the corporation have developed, covering a broad range of topics.

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Immersive VR for live action video

2017-10-26T12:00:00+01:00By Matthias Ziegler and Joachim Keinert et al.

The advent of high-resolution head-mounted displays (HMDs) enables new applications for virtual and augmented reality.

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5G technology for live production

2017-10-26T12:00:00+01:00By Atle Sægrov and Steinar Bjørlykke

A new emerging 5G technology with phased array antennas was used for the contribution of live TV documentary broadcast in Norway.

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Weekly news round-up: Streaming piracy threat & Microsoft's VR deal

2017-10-05T11:01:00+01:00By

Your digest of the week’s top media, entertainment and technology news.

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IBC2017 round-up: Hall 12

2017-09-28T14:43:00+01:00By

Hall 12 proved to be a fertile hunting ground for those in search of gadgets and gizmos for acquisition and camera support, writes David Fox.

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News broadcasters urged: Don’t sign your death warrant

2017-09-17T14:59:00+01:00By

IBC2017: Ignoring the opportunities and flexibility of mobile could mean that broadcasters risk signing their own death warrant. This was the message from IBC’s ‘Live is Dead: Long live Live’ session, where the panellists were unanimous in urging broadcasters, not just in news, but right across the entertainment spectrum, to ...

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TV productions return to revamped BBC Television Centre

2017-09-01T11:02:00+01:00By

The iconic Television Centre in West London has reopened, with The Jonathan Ross Show the first production to use the overhauled studios that were dubbed ’the home of British television’.

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Mayweather v McGregor: Making the fight

2017-08-24T12:08:00+01:00By

Sky Sports is pulling no punches when it comes to the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight, broadcasting boxing’s biggest event of the year.

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Interview: Chatri Sityodtong, One Championship

2017-08-22T11:00:00+01:00By

One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong on creating a new generation of Asian martial arts heroes, and delivering new audiences to broadcasters.

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Live sport: The tech driving innovation

2017-08-21T10:44:00+01:00By Tim Frost

Producers continue the search for innovation and social engagement to enhance the viewers’ experience across their live sports premium content offering.

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What 5G could mean for broadcast

2017-08-16T20:35:00+01:00By

With many broadcast vendors supporting 5G tests and trials, the nascent technology could lead to much more than faster mobile internet browsing.

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Is the DSLR revolution spent?

2017-06-22T13:05:00+01:00By

Several years ago shooting video on DSLRs was a big new trend, then video manufacturers responded with their own large-sensor camcorders. So, what place do the latest DSLRs have in broadcasting?

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What can broadcast learn from the music industry?

2017-06-21T12:13:00+01:00By

Advances in technology mean that broadcast engineers have an increasingly important role to play in aiding the creative process, says John Maxwell Hobbs.

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Champions League final to air in 360-degrees

2017-05-30T14:42:00+01:00By

BT Sport and MTG are among the broadcasters that will show the first-ever live 360-degree coverage of the Champions League final.

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RTS 2017 Programme Awards winners announced

2017-04-03T10:00:00+01:00By

The Royal Television Society (RTS) revealed its annual Programme Award winners at a gala ceremony in London.

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Storyteller – Marrying real-time metadata with live events to automate production for multi-screen

2017-03-27T16:15:00+01:00By C. Chen S. Rao R. Warey Prime Focus Technologies India

Sports as a content genre can be characterized using certain keywords – live, unscripted drama, conversational, loyal audiences

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The wall of moments: An immersive event experience at home

2017-03-27T16:13:00+01:00By R. Bauwens T. Deboosere M. Matton L. Overmeire Vlaamse Radio-en Televisieomroeporganisatie

Within the ICoSOLE project, different (cost-effective) ways of capturing spatially outspread events are being considered.

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Future models for live event broadcasting

2017-03-27T16:09:00+01:00By P N Tudor P J Brightwell R N J Wadge BBC UK

Profound change to the way media is produced, distributed and consumed is upon us.

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Visual radio production for sport events

2017-03-27T12:57:00+01:00By M. Coinchon M. Barroco European Broadcasting Union Media Technology&Innovation - Switzerland

Sport coverage on radio is popular, but has specific requirements: people do other things while listening to radio, so any enhancements to the audio experience must respect this.

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The VRT Sandbox LiveIP experience

2017-03-14T17:04:00+00:00By F. Poulin W. Vermost EBU M. De Wolf Dwesam W. De Cuyper and K. De Bondt VRT

The LiveIP project is a practical exploration of the possibilities and opportunities achievable with today’s IP enabled broadcast technology in a live production environment.

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BT Sport Ultra HD - Europe's first ultra high definition television sports channel

2017-03-10T10:24:00+00:00By Andy Beale Simon Jones and Ian Wallace BT Sport London UK. BT TSO London UK

BT launched its IPTV service in 2006 offering a combination of On-Demand video and Digital Terrestrial Television. In 2012 BT TV added multicast delivered channels to the service providing High Definition (HD) Linear TV, over a Fibre-To-The-Cabinet (FTTC) access network, to BT Broadband customers.

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