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Sony and Verizon Demonstrate How 5G Stands to Transform Live Sports Production

Posted on Dec 6, 2019

Today, Sony and Verizon joined forces with NBC Sports to test how 5G can change the way live sports broadcasts are captured and produced


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The Sony PXW-Z450 shoulder camcorder was used to capture the video of the Houston Texans vs New England Patriots football game on December 1st 2019. The video was streamed through Sony’s prototype transmitter box and Xperia 5G mmWave device, via Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network to a production room in the stadium.

Result? The test proved that 5G-connected cameras can be a reliable and beneficial option for future live sports broadcasts. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband’s low latency and high bandwidth combined with Sony’s mobile device, video, and encoding expertise enabled low-latency high-quality video to be transmitted in near real time to producers.

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.

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“It was exciting to see Sony’s 5G product coming to life,” said David Mazza, CTO, NBC Sports Group. “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.”

Sony and Verizon will continue to pursue even more flexible and effortless live sports production workflows and solutions using 5G.

Click here to visit the Sony website.

Click here to visit the Verizon website.

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