05.11.2021 | Ausgabe 11/2021

A flexible approach to 5G deployment

Source: Net Insight

The broadcasting business will benefit from greater flexibility and simplified workflows thanks to 5G. The high bandwidth and low-latency capabilities of 5G will enhance remote and distributed production for on-demand sports and news. Remote production workflows powered by 5G will become increasingly crucial in staging major and lower-tier events. Fast connectivity is a very appealing option for media organizations looking to boost production output while reducing costs without the logistical headaches and costs of building or deploying fixed network equipment.

Broadcasters need a proven end-to-end solution to take advantage of 5G‘s promise to alleviate bottlenecks in their live production workflows as the 5G rollout accelerates. There‘s no better time than now to get ready for 5G.

Remote production boosts productivity
The dynamics of the content supply chain have evolved, resulting in significant cost savings and increased overall efficiencies. Moving away from on-site production models gave the broadcast industry the freedom and agility it needed to stay afloat in the face of adversity. The trend toward remote and distributed workflows will be accelerated by 5G, allowing additional sites and events to be part of a single high-quality, low-latency production environment.

Remote production accelerates the transition from CAPEX to OPEX by requiring only the necessary technical workforce and hardware equipment on-site. Media organizations benefit from scalable workflows that can be installed and paid for only when needed, avoiding costly hardware investments.

5G raises the bar for remote production
5G enables the acquisition and delivery of mobile media from anywhere in the world at a low cost while providing high bandwidth, low latency, and a defined quality of service. This opens up new opportunities and increases flexibility for broadcasting events like marathons, golf, cycling, and other sports that don‘t have adequate fixed network connectivity or run over a long distance.

5G has the potential to become the primary networking link between the event site and the centralized production facility once it is completely implemented.

It can currently be used as a backup connection to the primary connection, offering several high-quality feeds and eliminating the inefficient practice of diversified routing via fixed connectivity. Slicing features in 5G networks improve connection dependability by allowing a designated group of users or specific services to reserve a portion of the network. When connectivity and ultra-low latency requirements are needed for live production, this component is essential.

Source: Net Insight
Source: Net Insight

Creating unique and engaging viewing experiences
While 5G is expected to provide consumers with more cost-effective and agile contribution links, it also has the ability to transform and improve the viewing experience. It enables the integration of more cameras and new and more immersive camera viewpoints into the primary production, whether it‘s player or referee cams, 360-degree or AR/VR cams from automobiles or moving vehicles, or just more effortless connecting to broadcast cameras and sensors at event arenas. It will also let content owners disseminate more immersive content from events and even allow viewers to choose their own camera angles or players to watch when used in conjunction with remote workflows.

All streams are brought to the main production facilities and prepared for distribution.

This means that 5G will have a revolutionary impact on new viewing experiences, and it will be especially crucial for gaming and esports.

5G can also make television production and event staging easier. Camera operators will be more versatile and mobile thanks to the use of 5G to connect cameras to production facilities without the use of cables. Production teams can employ 5G to set up „pop-up“ production capabilities that carry various camera signals back to a central production center. Producers may easily combine video captured by traditional cameras with video captured by 5G-enabled smartphones, resulting in multi-camera experiences and unique views not previously available.

With the right end-to-end solution, 5G can uplevel remote production
Media platforms make use of 5G to ensure that content is delivered in the best possible quality, independent of network issues like fiber cuts, over-provisioned network capacity, or faulty IP routers. In remote production workflows, clean switching and a very short end-to-end delay are essential. As with other distributed IP media operations, it‘s critical to ensure end-to-end quality, media stream time synchronization, and IP security. To secure IP media content, new IP Media Trust Boundary solutions with NAT and low-latency firewalls are essential.

Taking advantage of the 5G future
5G has the potential to shake up the media and broadcasting industries. Media and production firms can adjust their production workflows and make the most of economies of scale and new market segments with more bandwidth at a cheaper cost. 5G has an impact on the broadcasting industry, causing further value chain consolidation and cooperation between network operators, broadcasters, and content producers.

Following a challenging year, the broadcasting sector is set to capitalize on technological advancements. Broadcasters have already recognized remote production as a mission-critical capacity. Media firms must achieve much-needed cost and resource efficiencies to meet the growing demand for live content. 5G is an innovation driver that will enable the sector to rethink its production models. Industry players, including media and production companies, will need an end-to-end solution to help them step up their game and prepare for unprecedented connectivity and more and better content.


 

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