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Volume 7 No. 149


The BBC unveiled technology that "could eliminate the delay on internet live streams of big sporting events," an issue that affected millions of viewers during the World Cup in the summer, according to Jim Waterson of the London GUARDIAN. The industry-wide problem was "starkest" during the England squad’s run to the semifinal. As millions watched online, a time delay of 20 seconds or longer meant "many viewers learned about goals from alerts on their phone or the screams of their neighbours." By comparison, TV coverage broadcast via Freeview takes "about only five seconds to reach the home." The BBC’s research and development team developed a prototype that "could bring the delay in line with traditional TV broadcasts." Chris Poole, the lead research engineer at the corporation, said, "There are many factors that contribute to the delay, or latency, that you experience when watching a live stream over the internet." The innovation will be on display, along with other BBC development projects, at the int'l broadcasting convention in Amsterdam this week (GUARDIAN, 9/13).

Amsterdam’s "effort to rival London as a global media hub is gaining momentum," according to Joe Mayes of BLOOMBERG. The city’s "wide pool" of English-speaking skilled workers and int'l transport links have already convinced Netflix, Uber, Amazon and Viacom to "establish a presence there." Now, sport streaming service DAZN has picked Amsterdam for a new development center, "hiring 300 staff including software engineers and development managers as it tries to become a Netflix of sports with a foothold in 20 countries." Officials in the Dutch business capital are "pitching the city as a safe alternative" to the U.K. for media and technology companies whose businesses "could be disrupted" by Britain's exit from the European Union. London is also the main base for DAZN's 1,200-strong workforce. But the reasons DAZN "did advance for picking Amsterdam could make uncomfortable reading for a U.K. government." DAZN Chief Product Officer Ben Lavender said, "The ability to hire at a speed that can match the pace of our growth is essential to our business. We looked at several global locations, but nothing came close to Amsterdam for its infrastructure and the ability to attract the best global tech talent" (BLOOMBERG, 9/13).

The BBC’s "hopes" of regaining radio rights for England’s winter tour to South Africa in '19-20 were "dashed" after talkSPORT clinched a deal. The commercial station won the exclusive, free-to-air rights for the tour, having "also outbid the BBC for the Sri Lanka tour," which starts on Oct. 10, and the series in the West Indies that begins at the end of January (LONDON TIMES, 9/13).

Singtel secured the rights to air live matches of the FA Cup in Singapore. The FA Cup season, which kicks off in November, will be available on mio Sports as part of the World Sports+ add-on pack as well as Action Trio, Variety and Value packs, "which also bring football fans live English Premier League action." The broadcaster also secured rights to air live games of the Eredivisie and the Chinese Super League, which will also be aired on its Sports channels and streamed on CAST (STRAITS TIMES, 9/13).

FIFA launched a new Twitter account, @FIFAMedical, to reach out to the online football medicine community. The account will keep followers updated on the progress and content of the FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine and the FIFA Medical Network (FIFA). 

Esports tournament company FACEIT signed a media rights deal with U.K. pay-TV operator Sky Sports to broadcast the finals of the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive London Major. The tournament will air on Sky Sports' website as well as its YouTube and Facebook channels (THE ESPORTS OBSERVER, 9/13).
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