Sony and Verizon test 5G broadcast with NBC Sports

12 Dec 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Sony and US telecoms company Verizon have partnered with US broadcaster NBC Sports to test 5G broadcast for live sport.

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 say the test shows 5G can be used to process large amounts of data in a live environment.

Verizon said: “The test proved that 5G-connected cameras can be a reliable and beneficial option for future live sports broadcasts.

“The test showed the potential for remote production teams to be located anywhere, regardless of where the game’s 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,

David Mazza, CTO, NBC Sports Group, said in a statement that “the picture quality is excellent, and we look forward to the day when we can deploy a wireless camera this easily as part of the 5G rollouts around the country.”

“The test proved that 5G-connected cameras can be a reliable and beneficial option for future live sports broadcasts,” Verizon concluded, adding that the combination of its network and Sony’s devices and

Mikio Kita, Senior General Manager of the Media Solution Business Division in the Professional Products & Solutions Group of Sony Imaging Products and Solutions said: “We are extremely pleased to have completed a successful 5G collaboration with Verizon. 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.”