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5G-connected cameras key to future of live sports broadcasts

Sony has joined forces with Verizon to successfully demonstrate in an NBC Sports transmission how 5G can transform the way live sports are captured and produced. The test proved that 5G-connected cameras can be a reliable and beneficial option for future live sports broadcasting.

During the recent Houston Texans versus New England Patriots football game at NRG Stadium in Texas on December 1, a camera expert from NBC Sports captured a video of the game on the field using Sony’s PXW-Z450 shoulder camcorder. The video was streamed through Sony’s prototype transmitter box and Xperia 5G mmWave device, via Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband network to a production room in the stadium.

The combined innovations enabled low-latency high-quality video to be transmitted in near real time to producers, thus adding another potential solution for remote production teams to be located anywhere, regardless of where the game is taking place.

Furthermore, 5G’s essentially instant wireless connectivity means that cameras can be untethered, allowing for more creative camera positions and angles throughout the game and reducing set-up time and costs required for camera system integration.

“We are extremely pleased to have completed a successful 5G collaboration with Verizon,” said Mikio Kita, senior general manager of Media Solution Business Division, Professional Products & Solutions Group, Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc.

Kita continued: “Sony is uniquely positioned to offer an end-to-end solution for professional content creation and mobile communication technology, and our joint achievement on this proof of concept of live sports production will pave the way for wider 5G applications.”

“Verizon’s 5G network is built to transform industries and we’re thrilled to demonstrate how it can change the way live sports broadcasts are captured and delivered,” added Nicki Palmer, chief product development officer at Verizon.

“5G’s high bandwidth and low latency can enable high-definition video to be streamed essentially in real time and captured with no wires on the field.”

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