Registration now open for Sport Tech UK
By: Andy Stout
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 12:52 pm

SVG is proud to announce that registration is now open for the first of its regional European events for 2012, Sport Tech UK: Summer of Sport, which will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 29 March 2012 at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London – not only the Home of Cricket but also this year an Olympic venue.

With the UK welcoming the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer, the Sport Tech UK: Summer of Sport event will gather together industry leaders from key broadcasters, facilities companies and sports properties to discuss topics of importance to the UK sports production industry. Thought-provoking panel discussions, insightful keynote addresses and extensive networking breaks will be followed by an evening cocktail party at the famous venue.

Head here to register now!

Full programme

11.00: Tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground (optional)

12.00: Networking lunch

1300-1330: Opening Address

1330-1415: The State of UK Sports Production

What are the issues facing the sports broadcasting community in the UK and what can the industry do about them, if anything? Will 3D ever really be the financial success it was hoped? How is it placed to respond to the challenges of new technology coming down the pipe and the ever-more difficult demand of keeping viewers in front of screens. How will rights issues and EC directives change the landscape over future years and should it be celebrating an industry at the top of its game as the Olympics rolls into town, or casting a weather eye on an uncertain future? Are contracts really all going to the lowest bidders? Leading broadcasters, OB providers and others debate the issues.

1415-1500: OB Perspectives

The UK has long had one of the most modern OB fleets in the world, to the extent that HD, 5.1 became the de facto standard in production here long before anywhere else. Paying for all those trucks has had its implications, however, and competition amongst companies remains fierce and margins remain tight. Where is the investment for the next generation of vehicles to come from? What will be the spec of those vehicles? Is the UK’s relative isolation from the rest of the continent a blessing or a curse? Is the spectre of remote production one that is taken seriously? And, after this bonanza of a summer, what next?

1500-15.30 Networking Break

1530-1645: Producing The Iconic Events of the Summer of 2012

The eyes of the world will be on London and the UK this July and August as Wimbledon, the British Open, and the London Olympics and Paralympics dominate the attention of sports fans everywhere. How are those involved with the broadcasts of these events making sure viewers in the UK and beyond have a top-notch experience? And what new technologies will be deployed to take them to the next level and make them truly iconic?

1645-1730: London 2012: Producing a Digital Olympics

Perhaps even more than its billing as the first 3D Olympics, London 2012 is the Games where the second screen truly comes alive. Technology will be one key area of legacy that these Games will leave behind. With tablet penetration increasing all the time and plans for streaming events reaching unparalleled proportions, what are the challenges in delivering so much content to so many? What role will data play in multi-purposing content across platforms? How will app developers present content above and beyond simple live streaming? And is there enough bandwidth to sustain all this activity?

1730-1740: Closing Address

1740-1900: Closing Networking Reception

 

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