Fox to Deliver UltraHD and HDR Video Over 5G at 2018 US Open

Fox Sports, in cooperation with the Fox Innovation Lab and partners Ericsson, Intel and AT&T, will use 5G technology to stream Ultra HD and HDR video over 5G for broadcast nationwide in the US at this year’s 118th US Open Championship between June 14th and 17th.

The 5G wireless technology will transmit Ultra HD and HDR images from two cameras positioned on the challenging par-3 seventh hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club through the Fox Sports production truck to viewers at home. In the future, 5G could possibly be used to deliver real-time virtual reality views from the course to viewers.

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The trial will be the first broadcast enabled using 5G technology from a premier US golf event. It allows Fox Sports to take advantage of a true 5G live test environment for Ultra HD and streaming video to multiple platforms.

Intel is providing the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, a compact 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 millimetre wave spectrum to deliver the 5G connection. AT&T also plans to be the first US carrier to launch standards-based, mobile 5G services to customers in a dozen cities, including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, later this year.