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5G consortium explores edge computing for 4K UHD content

Verizon, Bloomberg Media, Zixi and AWS launch test project

Verizon, Bloomberg Media, Zixi and AWS have launched a 5G test project, designed to explore how edge computing can enable networks to stream live 4K UHD content without the need for satellites.

In the proof of concept trial, Bloomberg is using Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength and Zixi’s Software Defined Video Platform (SDVP) to package and deliver live feeds of Bloomberg TV+ in 4K UHD. The companies will also test streaming Bloomberg TV+ 4K UHD content via 5G and edge compute, powered by AWS, directly to consumers’ 5G-connected devices.

The trial is the latest in a string of consortia set up to test 5G in broadcast and journalism use cases, following yesterday’s announcement by Deutsche Telekom and RTL Deutschland.

The test sees Bloomberg Media sending UHD video using Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength coupled with Zixi’s software to quickly process the video into multiple streams for broadcast across various platforms. This will be followed by another trial that will involve near real-time native translation of Bloomberg TV+ content for transcripts, captioning and subtitles distributed globally.

“Bloomberg Media is committed to continuous innovation and experimentation of technologies to better reach our global audience of business leaders with the insights, information and solutions they need,” said Roman Mackiewicz, chief information officer, Bloomberg Media. “This proof of concept trial combines Verizon’s 5G and mobile edge computing capabilities with Bloomberg TV+ premium 4K UHD content to create a modern streaming news experience with the potential for true industry disruption.”

“It has been fantastic working with Verizon, Bloomberg Media and AWS to deliver pristine 4K UHD quality content over 5G while leveraging edge compute,” added Gordon Brooks, executive chairman and CEO, Zixi. “Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength and Zixi can potentially transform the M&E industry.”