Netball & Badminton – Live on Sky Sports

2015 Seasons Finish on a High

Both of Televideo’s regular productions for Sky Sports ended with high-octane semis and finals in recent weeks, keeping viewers and fans in the arena venues on the edge of their seats across both indoor sports.

Televideo have produced and facilitated Sky Sports’ netball coverage since 2006, covering the domestic Netball Superleague as well as all England international games played in the UK. The production began with weekly as-live programmes, typically with a 5-camera specification, but over the years the sport has enjoyed a meteoric journey into the public eye, and now boasts weekly live coverage. A typical live Superleague game will use 9-cameras following the on-court action and presentation around the game. A 6-strong talent team bring television audiences expert analysis and discussion throughout the 2-hour show, which also includes behind-the-scenes features and unparalleled access to some of the world’s top players. Televideo’s enthusiastic production department oversees the week-to-week organisation of the show, working closely with Sky to ensure the smooth delivery of one of the broadcaster’s most successful female sports productions.

This season the company’s flagship outside broadcast unit, HD8, has been used on all netball events, offering both technical and production staff a versatile base, featuring the most advanced equipment on the market, in the comfort of a very large truck, perfect for events where larger crews demand additional space. On Saturday 25th April the netball production doubled, as two semi finals were played back to back from Surrey Sports Park and the Manchester Arena respectively. The Manchester OB acted as the host operation and HD8 took in feeds from the secondary event in Surrey, where HD1 delivered match coverage and reporter-based presentation of the first game between Surrey Storm and Yorkshire Jets. Whilst always challenging, the ‘hub and slave’ operation was hugely successful, and set the scene for an exhilarating final one week later, where Surrey Storm finally took the glory and were crowned Superleague champions in front of a sell-out crowd at the Copper Box Arena.

Quickly changing focus to an alternative court sport, the Televideo team began preparations for the inaugural National Badminton League finals day, which took place at the K2 Arena in Crawley. Sunday 7th June saw 4 teams battle it out to take the very first NBL trophy, and it was Team Derby who clinched the title. Televideo have been delighted to produce and supply OB facilities to partners Badminton England in the first year of the sport’s new league, the NBL, in which a host of rule changes have revolutionised the game, creating an even faster paced, more exciting product for TV audiences.

The finals day action began at 11.30am as the two semis kicked off simultaneously; both were covered for the live NBL web stream which is viewed worldwide via the BWF website. Televideo also cut semi finals highlights to be delivered to international takers at Eurosport Asia and for use in the live Sky Sports production, which aired from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Sky Sports 1. Presented by Alec Wilkinson, the programme included behind-the-scenes features and analysis from the studio panel, before the final at 3pm. It was a thrilling end to what has been a very positive first season for the NBL, and Televideo look forward to working with Badminton England and Sky Sports once again for the second season, beginning in November.

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