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Watch: BT uses 5G to deliver live TV to viewers for the first time

Matchday cameras were connected to a 5G network with their output used as part of BT Sport's coverage of Gallagher Premiership rugby

During this weekend’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Saracens and Northampton, BT Sport employed a number of matchday cameras connected to a private 5G network installed at the ground.

Their output was then used as part of BT Sport’s coverage, the first time 5G have been enabled to deliver end-to-end broadcast chain to deliver live TV.

Traditionally, broadcast cameras connect to the Outside Broadcast solely using radio (RF) signals which rely on proprietary equipment, said BT. 5G-enables potentially a range of camera devices, in a wider range of locations, to be used, opening up new creative and operational benefits to broadcasters.

In addition, BT Media & Broadcast showcased how its smart broadcast network, Vena, can “bring together high-performance networking, private 5G and cloud to deliver live sport in the highest possible quality, and with the greatest efficiency”.

Jamie Hindhaugh, head of BT Sport, said: “We are proud of our role in the track record of recent broadcast innovations across BT. This weekend’s innovations at Saracens continue to highlight the key role 5G will play in the future of sports television.”