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WELCOME ISSUE: 84 DECEMBER 2013 W Magazine Office PO Box 6090, Newbury, RG14 9BB, UK How to subscribe All subscription enquiries UK and overseas online at: www.tv-bay.com/subscribe www.tv-bay.com Switchboard +44 (0)1635 237 237 elcome to issue 84. Quite where the industry will be when the earth freezes over and we stop spinning we will never know but until then with such things as OTT services and 4K emerging over 2013 it is time to look at their progress over the last year and how they may make game changing differences in 2014 to both manufacturer and the people funding them, the consumer. If you’ve been looking at 4K in depth and are starting to think that the more you read about it the less you know then don’t worry! The transition of taking legacy content into the 4K world needs to be a gentle, smooth journey and not a knee jerk reaction. Inside you’ll discover a mix of relevant comment and opinion irrespective of where you are on your road trip to the land of greater resolution. The world over we are becoming addicted to viewing over-the-top (OTT) video on all manner of devices wherever and at the time we want. The ability to deliver broadcast-quality media over the open Internet presents a tremendous opportunity to retain current viewers, reach new ones, and generate new revenue streams. Turning a profi t from OTT services is however still somewhat of a holy grail and we take a deeper look in to the complexities on page 56. The image watermarked behind this text is looking down on the BBC Sport studio at Dock 10 in MediaCity, Manchester. We got to look inside this, more or less, future proof complex of both studios and post facilities last month and along with Dick Hobbs had an insightful day out to say the least. Dick, and not for the fi rst time, has taken the words out of our mouths with his report on page 98, plus more MediaCity UK news on page 24. You may have heard that the fi rst UK local tv station launched recently. We caught up with Estuary TV for an exclusive interview to get the inside story on their set up which you can read all about on page 34. To fi nish this issue we are delighted to announce our charity of the year for 2014. Dreamfl ight make a real difference to the lives of children who struggle to live a life that the rest of us take for granted by providing a once in a life time holiday (cover picture). We’ll be supporting them in a number of ways during the year and I urge you to take an inspiring few minutes to catch up with how they link in with our own industry on page 72. Until next time we wish you the very best season’s greetings and a happy and prosperous New Year. Simon Tillyer, tv-bay +44 (0)1635 237237 Editor Simon Tillyer, simon@tv-bay.com Production Editor Matt Robbins, matt@tv-bay.com Advertising Jonathan Highett, jonathan@tv-bay.com Accounts Lucy Turner, lucy@tv-bay.com Events Selen Sevket, selen@broadcastshow.com Subscriptions subs@tv-bay.com Layout and artwork Dan Butler, dan@danbutler.co.uk +44 (0)1635 250 968 Back copies Can be seen online at... www.tv-bay.com/magazine. Hard copies available from the offi ce on request. Website www.tv-bay.com Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all advertisements and other items in this publication, TV-BAY can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions or incorrect insertions. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of TV-BAY. E&OE Terms & conditions available at: www.tv-bay.com/terms_and_conditions/ Copyright tv-bay.com 2004-2013. All trademarks acknowledged. NEED TO CALL US? +44 (0)1635 237 237 Technology, expertise, and opinion... Will Strauss Peter Savage Dick Hobbs Bob Pank Page 38 Page 40 Page 98 Page 48 Cover shot credit: Dreamflight VB288 OBJECTIVE QoE CONTENT EXTRACTOR performs objective video and audio measurements of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 streams and offers remote video-wall capability. www.bridgetech.tv +47 22 38 51 00 tv-bay are proud to sponsor