Portugal’s NOS has run a successful test of 5G technology in the broadcast of a Liga NOS football match.
A/V supplier, Ibertelco, worked with Portuguese telco, NOS, and 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.
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-match interview.
“We are preparing ourselves for the future,” said Felipe Montesinos Gomes, Head of Sponsorship & Activation, NOS. “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.
In addition to its typical 18-camera coverage, Benfica TV (BTV) added seven 5G feeds to its May 6 broadcast from Estádio da Luz (SL Benfica vs FC 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 match, which saw Sporting CP crowned league champions, Portuguese broadcaster TVI employed its own unique application of NOS 5G with a post-game roaming reporter and holographic player interview. 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, the TVI presenter conducted a live interview with the hologram version of Coates.
“NOS is really pushing the envelope with 5G, and we couldn’t be happier to be part of such a progressive project,” said Rafael Castillo, VP of Europe, TVU Networks. “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.”