FOX Sports, in cooperation with the Fox Innovation Lab and partners Ericsson, Intel and AT&T, is conducting the first test of 5G technology, streaming 4K video over 5G, for broadcast in the U.S. at this year’s U.S. Open on June 14-17 (FOX/FS1).
The groundbreaking trial, the first 5G broadcast from a premier U.S. golf event, allows FOX Sports to take advantage of a true 5G live test environment for 4K image capture, processing and streaming U.S. Open video to multiple platforms to showcase a powerful use case for reducing live production costs, while enabling high-definition broadcasting to scale.
Ericsson is providing the 5G radios, baseband, simulated network core, and 4K video encoder and decoder.
“As we prepare for the launch of 5G networks, it is essential for us to test real-world business cases, such as for wireless streaming of 4K video at sporting events,” says Niklas Heuveldop, Head of Market Area North America, Ericsson. “In collaboration with our partners, Ericsson is proud to demonstrate this type of innovative entertainment solution, utilizing both our networks and media technologies. This is just one eye-opening example of the increased relevance high performance wireless networks will have for delivering a superior consumer experience.”