Cloud and IP-based live video solutions provider TVU Networks’ technology has been used in the first broadcast of Portuguese football games over 5G.
Audiovisual supplier Ibertelco connected Portuguese telco NOS with TVU Networks to supply video-over-IP delivery solutions at the country’s first 5G – enabled stadiums – Estádio da Luz and Estádio José Alvalade. NOS recently equipped both stadiums with full 5G communications infrastructure.
As part of an overall NOS 5G demo, several TVU One mobile transmitters, the TVU Anywhere mobile app, and TVU transceivers were used to deliver live 5G video from the pitch: during a Liga NOS match, as a roaming reporter covered the victory celebration, and to transport the holographic version of the winning team captain for a post-game interview.
In addition to its typical 18-camera coverage, Benfica TV (BTV) added seven 5G feeds to its May 6 broadcast from Estádio da Luz (Benfica vs Porto) The 5G cameras were placed in areas not accessible with manned, wired cameras, such as near the goal netting, a walkway at the top of the stadium, the tunnel from the locker rooms to the field, and beside player benches. Four TVU One 5G mobile transmitters and three 5G mobile phones with the TVU Anywhere app were used to deliver high-quality, low latency video from the field to four dual-channel TVU transceivers at an OB van on site. From there the signals were streamed and broadcast to viewers across the globe.
During the game in which Sporting CP won the Liga NOS title on May 11 at Estádio José Alvalade, Portuguese broadcaster TVI employed its own application of NOS 5G with a post-game roaming reporter and holographic player interview. Social media influencer Guilherme Geirinhas covered Sporting CP celebration after winning the league title using the TVU Anywhere app on his phone and a TVU One mobile transmitter. Signals from the reporter’s phone were sent to a TVU transceiver at an OB van on site for broadcast and streaming. The holographic image of Sporting CP captain Sebastian Coates was sent via a TVU One 5G device to a TVU transceiver at the TVI studio after his team’s win. From the studio, a TVI host conducted a live interview with the hologram version of Coates.
For NOS, the deployment respresents the company preparing itself for the future said head of sponsorship and activation Felipe Montesinos Gomes. "With 5G, our network capacity can handle a far greater volume of data within the stadium, allowing us to offer a superior experience to fans in the stands and those watching from home," he explained.
"Those in the stands can choose the angle from which to see the game or activate one of the broadcast cameras, among other more immersive activities. We’re lucky to have found in TVU Networks a partner that can provide the level of transmission reliability over IP and technical support we require for such large-scale innovation.”
Rafael Castillo, VP of Europe, TVU Networks, added: “NOS is really pushing the envelope with 5G, and we couldn’t be happier to be part of such a progressive project. The strengthened bonded cellular connections, sub-second latency and increased signal quality of our technology marries perfectly with the capabilities of live sports over 5G. This is just the start of more dynamic, 5G-enabled coverage we’ll see thanks to the communications infrastructure NOS has put in place.”