FOX Sports, in cooperation with Fox Innovation Lab and partners Ericsson, Intel and AT&T, will use 5G technology to stream 4K video over 5G for potential broadcast nationwide at this year’s 118 U.S. Open Championship on June 14-17, the US broadcaster said.
The 5G wireless technology will transmit 4K HDR images from two FOX Sports cameras positioned on the challenging par-3 seventh hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club through the FOX Sports production truck, making it available to FOX Sports and its viewers through DirecTV. In the future, 5G could possibly be used to deliver real-time virtual reality views from the course to viewers.
Deployed for the first time at broad scale earlier this year by Intel and partners at the Winter Games in PyeongChang, 5G technology enables multi-gigabit speeds with ultra-low latency. Far beyond another “G” in wireless generations of 3G and 4G, 5G represents a revolution in how sport and media are distributed and consumed and provides new ways for users to engage with an event.
The groundbreaking trial will be the first available broadcast footage enabled using 5G technology from a premier U.S. golf event. It allows FOX Sports to take advantage of a true 5G live test environment for 4K image and streaming U.S. Open video to multiple platforms. This will showcase a powerful use case for reducing live production costs, while enabling ultra-high-definition broadcasting to scale.
While Ericsson will be providing the 5G radios, baseband, simulated network core, and 4K video encoder and decoder, American chip maker Intel will be providing the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, whereas AT&T will use millimeter wave spectrum to deliver the 5G connection.