Sky Deutschland employed LiveU’s smartphone kits during its first 5G multi-cam sports broadcast.
The handball match used LiveU’s IP video technology to deliver live video content, enabling fans at home to watch the entire game in high quality with close-to-zero delay on Sky’s online platform skysport.de.
Sky worked with LiveU’s local partner netorium to deploy several smartphones equipped with LiveU’s software for real-time encoding and upstreaming to cover multiple camera angles. The broadcast leveraged Telefónica’s 5G network on the production site, with the video data transmitted using maximum speed and bitrates.
The live feeds were received via physical LiveU servers located in Sky’s mobile control room outside the arena in Flensburg. Each server provided four SDI output channels, with the camera feeds fed into a hardware mixer and cut on the production site. LiveU’s IFB feature (Audio Connect) served as the audio backbone for two-way communication between the control room and the field.
Alessandro Reitano, SVP Sports Production at Sky Deutschland, said: “Reinforcing our reputation as an early technology adopter, Sky successfully completed the first end-to-end 5G transmission in Europe on skysport.de. With LiveU’s latest IP transmission technology and the great support of netorium, we were able to produce a solid 5G stream of the handball game and to let our online audience become part of a dynamic and highly engaging viewing experience.”