NBA to test 5G smartphone broadcasts

19 Dec 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The NBA is set to continue its use of 5G smartphone broadcasts at the 2020 All Star Game in Chicago.

The game, which takes place in February, could have smartphone footage integrated into the broadcast. The league has already used 5G smartphone broadcasts as a separate feed, using the technology for a Summer League game between the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards in July. 

Sideline reporters could also use smartphones for interviews in future broadcasts.

Earlier this month, Sony and Verizon announced that they had tested 5G broadcasts of an NFL game in partnership with NBC Sports.

The broadcaster trialled live video streaming over a 5G network during an NFL game between the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots at the NRG Stadium on 1st December, Sony and Verizon saying they were happy with how the 5G network was able to process large volumes of data in a live environment