The 5G wireless technology will transmit 4K HDR images from two FOX Sports cameras positioned on the par-3 seventh hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club through the FOX Sports production truck to viewers at home. The offering is part of the “Featured Holes” enhancement, available on USGA.com, DirecTV and the FOX Sports App. In the future, 5G could possibly be used to deliver real-time virtual reality views from the course to viewers.
Deployed for the first time at broad scale earlier this year by Intel and partners at the Winter Games in PyeongChang, 5G technology has the potential to provide disruptive abilities, to broadcasters and consumers alike. The new wireless technology will eventually enable multi-gigabit speeds with ultra-low latency. Far beyond another “G” in wireless generations of 3G and 4G, 5G represents a revolution in how sport and media are distributed and consumed. It provides entirely new ways for users to engage with an event.
The trial will be the first broadcast enabled using 5G technology from a premier U.S. golf event. It allows FOX Sports to take advantage of a 5G live test environment for 4K image and streaming U.S. Open video to multiple platforms.
Ericsson is providing the 5G radios, baseband, simulated network core, and 4K video encoder and decoder. Intel is providing the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, a device that acts as a wireless communication device capable of transmitting 1.6Gbs/s, which will be placed in a cart at the seventh hole to deliver the 5G to IP translation. AT&T will use millimeter wave spectrum to deliver the 5G connection. AT&T also plans to be the first U.S. carrier to launch standards-based, mobile 5G services to customers in a dozen cities, including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, later this year.