RCS powers football coverage for Norway’s SBS Discovery

Scandinavian media group, SBS Discovery enlisted graphics technology provider Reality Check Systems (RCS) and sports production company Fotball Media to rebrand its on-air image ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 football qualifies and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“After purchasing the rights, we knew we’d need an innovative technology partner that could build us a graphics workflow to differentiate our coverage with a stylized aesthetic,” said Jan-Erik Aalbu, head of sport, SBS Discovery. “We’re constantly brainstorming ways to stay ahead of the curve, and both RCS and Fotball Media have proven instrumental in helping us move in the right direction.”


RCS, working for Fotball Media, overhauled SBS’s studio with an integrated graphics workflow that includes two video walls powered by VizRT solutions and an intuitive, interactive touchscreen solution for match analysis.

“Working with SBS Discovery and Fotball Media was a fantastic experience. They gave us an incredible amount of creative freedom to bring the set to life,” said David Peacock, project manager, RCS. “Together we were able to build a studio that not only facilitates more visually compelling broadcasts, but one that also gives on-air talent the ability to engage viewers with statistics about the game, their favorite teams and players.”

RCS’s crew devised a streamlined workflow that allows one graphics operator to distribute traditional graphics while simultaneously providing additional graphics and video content to both a main LED video wall and a smaller, standalone screen built into the desk on-set. The visually and editorially compelling video wall graphics portfolio includes several 3D animations, live video inputs, national flags and a countdown to kick-off clock.