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State of play: the latest deals in sports rights TV deals

England v India T20 2014

Barbara Slater, the Director of BBC Sport, likes to bang the drum for digital. Even so, last year she found the time to blog on the corporation’s website just six times.

Four of those six posts apologetically explained why the BBC had been forced to cede flagship rights and was likely to make further cuts in the future.

The posts unpicked why the BBC, after six decades, had to surrender Open golf and also give up on a, perhaps vainglorious, bid to roll back the years by making the Beeb the exclusive home of Formula 1.

Final preparations underway for RTS Programme Awards 2016

Ant and Dec are nominated for the Entertainment Performance award and will battle it out against The Last Leg's Adam Hills and A League Of Their Own's Jack Whitehall. The Last Leg also receives a nomination for Entertainment programme where it will complete against Release the Hounds and The Graham Norton Show. 

BT launches search for digital media entrepreneurs

BT Tower

The BT Infinity Lab has announced plans to launch a competition to find promising digital entrepreneurs with ideas for innovation in sports broadcasting, with the winning idea to be potentially trialled by BT Sport.

The winner will be mentored by the Lab, and will receive six months of support from BT’s research and innovation teams as well as a six-month membership of TechHub, with access to their events and workspace.

BT launches AMC UK channel

Pay-TV platform BT TV is hoping that an unfolding zombie apocalypse will help it bite out a bigger share of a competitive UK market dominated by Sky. Fear the Walking Dead, the much-­anticipated spin-off show of US flesh-­eating drama the Walking Dead, is airing exclusively on BT TV as the flagship drama for the first AMC-branded channel in the UK.

It is part of a wider deal struck in June between US cable operator AMC Networks and BT TV.

BT secures exclusive partnership deal to broadcast the Ashes

BT Sport has secured exclusive UK TV rights to broadcast the 2017/18 Australia vs England Ashes in Australia.

Sky previously controlled the live cricket coverage for ten years before losing out to BT Sport.

The five-year rights deal with Cricket Australia, starting from 2016, will show all domestic Test Matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals including the five-match Ashes Test Series against rivals England in 2017/18. Matches against world leading nations such as New Zealand, South Africa, India and Pakistan will also be broadcast.

Where to watch the football this season

 

The 2015/2016-football season has started and there are four television stations for fans to watch it on.

Sky Sports has spent a total of £4.17bn on their premier league coverage.

While they used to co-broadcast the Champions League and EUROPA matches, the 351 live games will now be shown on BT Sport Europe.

 

Sky Sports

They are broadcasting seven leagues such as Spain’s La Liga.

For Scottish football fans the channel will show 25 matches from the Scottish Premier League (SPL) and five Rangers games.

 

Software is the new hardware at NAB

Audio post-production software from iZotope

The NAB trade show, held every April in Las Vegas, used to bill itself as the place to see kit manufacturers parade their newest wares to broadcasters and producers. Headline-grabbing black boxes that perform cool, new tricks are, however, increasingly rare.

Today's production and post-­production tools tend, instead, to be software. They are, therefore, open to incremental and regular upgrades, and not tied to the cycle of trade shows.

Even the hardware is designed to evolve with tweaks to the central chip set, rather than a wholesale ­redesign.