5G will boost content delivery and distribution in M&E industry

The ultra-fast speed and superior capacity provided by 5G technologies will create the best opportunities in content distribution and delivery for the media and entertainment industry, reports ABI Research.

The advancements brought by 5G, such as high bandwidth and low latency, will improve the 3G/4G-enabled cellular bonding technology, which is widely used for live production.

Trials of video production over the 5G network have started in some markets in Asia, Europe and North America, while video production solution providers such as AVIWEST, Dejero and Live U have all integrated 5G into their video transmission products.

Earlier this year, the Seoul Broadcasting System deployed LiveU’s 5G integrated encoding and transmission solutions for live coverage of South Korea’s general election. Chinese equipment vendors ZTE and Huawei have also tested live production of outdoor events via 5G networks. Globally, broadcasters including BT Sports, NBC Sports, ITN TV are trialling video production over 5G networks as well.

According to ABI Research, 5G networking slicing is expected to play important role in providing guaranteed QoS, critically important in terms of bandwidth and latency, which is required for high-value content production such as sports.

Network operators can also take advantage of network slicing to offer differentiated network services for content production. Operators need to perform collaboration with different parties in the value chain to meet the requirements in the industry. 

ABI Research maintains that partnerships between network operators and broadcasters or third-party players to provide dedicated access to locations such as stadiums can provide new business models and revenue-generating opportunities.

Image credits: LiveU

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