It’s back, but not like it was. To the audience watching on their screens, they won’t notice anything different (apart from empty stands and strange celebrations). But behind the scenes there’s been a big change in the way we work as an industry.
Remote production. By adopting this method, broadcasters and production crews maintain a minimal presence on site at stadiums. Instead they’re able to remotely manage visions, audio and production from a remote operation centre, either centralised or decentralised. Or they can secure a dedicated data path on our high capacity network back to their studios. These options add extra flexibility for production crews, presenters and commentators still working from home or having to comply with social distancing, ensuring health and safety regulations are met.
Delivering workflows. Pre-season planning for live Premier League broadcasts usually takes months. Although it’s felt like the closed season these past three months, when the rescheduled fixtures were announced, we were able to accelerate these plans and implement new workflows with broadcasters in a matter of weeks. It’s a very different way of working and is new to everyone involved but it ensures they can still give fans the high-quality viewing experience they’ve been missing.