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Photo: Courtesy of Welcome ISSUE 116: AUGUST 2016 Welcome. Ok so it’s holiday season, everyone’s away, anyone you want to make contact with has an out of office set and the count down towards one of the biggest industry events (IBC) is now less than a month away. Nevermind, the biggest sporting event is on the TV so let’s take a moment to be staggered by the broadcasting efforts to bring the games to your living room! The task of broadcasting the Games is one of the most complex on the planet with 32 competition venues spread across 4 regions of Rio as well as football being played in 5 host cites. The broadcasting feeds are the responsibility of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) who produce and distribute unbiased live radio and television coverage of every sport from every venue. OBS secured 52 mobile units for the coverage arriving in the port of Rio last month in preparation for the Games as well as 12 flyaway systems and another 31 support vans. More than 7100 hours of live coverage will be distributed to an expected audience of 5 billion viewers in more than 220 countries and territories around the world. Switchboard: +44 (0)1635 237 237 Editor: Simon Tillyer, Production Editor: Matt Robbins, Advertising: Jonathan Highett, Louis Rushton, Accounts: Lucy Pittock, Events: Large scale sporting events are often the showcase for emerging technologies and OBS is working with the Japanese Rights Holding Broadcaster, NHK, to provide live coverage of selected events in 8k Super High Vision (SHV). 8k SHV resolution (7,680 x 4,320 pixels) is 16 times the resolution of HD and will include an immersive 3-D 22.2 multichannel audio surround system. OBS are providing approximately 130 hours of live 8k SHV coverage from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Swimming, Judo, Athletics, Basketball and Football plus additional footage highlighting the Olympic spirit and atmosphere of the Games. 8k will also be down converted to provide coverage in 4k (did you ever think you’d hear that phrase?) of the same events. A first for the games will also give viewers around the world the opportunity to enjoy the excitement in VR (virtual reality) following successful tests at the Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympic Games. Magazine Office: PO Box 6090, Newbury, RG14 9BB, UK Layout and artwork: John Fryer, Back copies: Online at: Hard copies available from the office on request. Website: 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: Copyright tv-bay Limited 2004-2016. All trademarks acknowledged. If this is not enough to stagger you then all this technology and more will be on show at IBC in September and our news previews in this issue will no doubt further whet your appetite. Enjoy the issue. + 44 ( 0 )1635 237 237 Simon Tillyer +44 (0)1635 237237 Cover photo: Michael Bermel KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 116 AUGUST 2016 | 03