5G is theoretically faster than current Internet speeds, and is poised to power the Internet of Things (IoT) world. But how transformative can 5G be for the broadcast space?
5G has the potential to radically improve the outside broadcast (OB) landscape by providing a cost-effective and flexible alternative to satellite uplinks for the delivery of 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) content, declares Arun Bhikshesveran, CMO of MediaKind.
Live content, Bhikshesveran tells APB, requires everything to work “flawlessly” in real time so 5G, as a complement to existing mechanisms, can help solve some of the challenges while empowering enhanced content creation, distribution and consumption behaviours.
For instance, at the 118th golf US Open Championship in June this year, MediaKind, formerly known as Ericsson Media Solutions, alongside partners like Intel and AT&T, collaborated with Fox Sports and Fox Innovation Lab for the streaming of the golf tournament in 4K/UHD over 5G to viewers nationwide.
The 5G wireless technology transmitted 4K/UHD high dynamic range (HDR) images from two Fox Sports cameras positioned on the par-3 seventh hole at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York through the Fox Sports production trucks to viewers at home. The offering was part of the “Featured Hole” enhancement, which was available on the US Golf Association’s website, DirecTV and the Fox Sports App.
A 5G test site for broadcasting has also been set up in the Bavarian Oberland as part of the Bavarian research project, 5G Today. Under the leadership of the Institute for Broadcast Technology (IRT), project partners Kathrein and Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) are investigating large-scale TV broadcasts in the Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (FeMBMS) mode over 5G networks. The project is supported by associated partners Telefónica Germany and Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Bavarian broadcaster who is operating the 5G FeMBMS broadcast network as a test site at its transmitter sites.
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