IBC will put a focus on 5G as part of its Accelerator Media Innovation projects that it intends to showcase in the coming weeks.
Over 40 organisations including the likes of Al Jazeera, BBC Sport, BT Sport, ITV, Fox Sports, beIN SPORTS and OBS have participated in the projects aimed at evaluating 5G capabilities and driving innovation with new technology across live sports, esports, and news and event production.
Al Jazeera has led a project looking at current 5G capabilities for live sports content production, including the development of fan engagement experiences via a dedicated app, trialling new contribution technologies and assessing new live remote production workflow architectures. The trial has been underway at the FIFA Arab Cup currently taking place in Doha, Qatar.
The company has worked with the likes of BBC Sport, beIN SPORTS, BT Sport, Fox Sports, OBS, Ooredoo and SuperSport, as well as AVIWEST, Evertz, Grass Valley, Mobile Viewpoint, Microsoft, NativeWaves, Net Insight, Taswer and TVU Networks. Their findings will be showcased on IBC Digital in January.
Another project looks at 5G and location-based extended reality, particularly how 5G’s low latency and provision of edge computing can impact immersive, ultra-responsive interactivity and the technical feasibility of multi-user, multi-location XR gaming.
The third project focused on 5G and live workflows, exploring innovation across four core areas that will be key to technology powered production in future.
It has assessed the potential of private 5G networks, multi-access edge computing; multi-cloud deployments, and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. The project is championed broadcasters Al Jazeera, BBC, beIN SPORTS, BT Sport, EBU, Fox Sports, ITV, OBS, RTÈ, RTL, TV2, ViacomCBS, Vodafone and Yle. Its technology participants includes Evertz, Grass Valley, Huawei, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Net Insight, Nulink, Singular.Live, University of Strathclyde, Zixi. The session is set to showcase on IBC Digital on Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 1pm GMT and then will be made available on demand.
“Collaborative innovation is at the core of IBC’s Accelerator Programme, as seen by over 100 organisations that have been involved in eight project challenges, that are all highly relevant to today’s media sector,” said Mark Smith, innovation lead and advisor to IBC.