QTV is Scotland’s largest multimedia production company and outside broadcast facilities provider. In 2020 QTV won a major 6-year contract as broadcast production partner to the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), which migrated matchday production, post-production, streaming and broadcast distribution to a cutting edge centralised remote production facility. The build of the first-generation facility was financed in part with a Digital Development Loan accessed through DSL Business Finance. The funding bought new video management servers and low latency encoders & decoders, critical infrastructure in a remote production facility.
The centralised model has been transformational for Scottish football, improving and streamlining coverage, opening up new revenue streams for the SPFL and its clubs, and increasing the value and amount of free-to-air broadcast coverage of the Scottish Premiership. At the same time, it has reduced the carbon footprint of the SPFL’s matchday productions.
QTV now produces over 120 Scottish Premiership matches, over 85 world feeds, and ClubTV channels for some of Scotland’s biggest clubs from Clydesdale House each season.
In April 2022, QTV also designed and successfully pitched a centralised model for the implementation of VAR in Scottish football, which went live in October 2022.
The improvements have resulted in a surge of interest in and engagement with Scottish football, as fans, broadcasters, and media all reflect on the investment in the quality of coverage but also the increase in broadcast and digital output facilitated by QTV’s innovative approach.
In May 2023, QTV won gold at the Football Business Awards in London. These prestigious awards recognised the innovation in the coverage of Scottish Football that QTV has brought about in the last few years.
Telfer Boyd, Chief Commercial Officer, acknowledges the valuable support provided by their DSL Business Finance and says,
“Digital Development Loan funding was integral to helping QTV scale up its business by investing in cutting edge new technology. Working with our DSL Business Finance loan officer greatly aided the preparation and submission of our application.”