Just when TV broadcasters are starting to feel good about recent news regarding the move to ATSC 3.0 transmission, AT&T is preparing to launch field tests of a new universal transmission technology. Here, antennas and devices mounted along power lines effectively deliver broadband and mobile traffic. No more need for broadcast towers or buried cables if these new GigE connections prove effective.
Vodafone Germany is set this month to launch its long heralded advanced TV platform called GigaTV integrating linear TV, on-demand video and streaming services with multiscreen access from smartphones and tablets. The platform will still be based on the cable network Vodafone acquired with the purchase of Kabel Deutschland for €7.7 billion in June 2013, but there will also be an OTT-only version driven by apps for multiscreen devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Extreme Networks is the official Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Analytics provider of Super Bowl LI.
Major sporting events have become milestones for mobile video streaming and Super Bowl 2017 set a new mark by beating last year’s game by around 50%. Verizon Wireless, which again had exclusive live streaming rights for the event on smartphones, had been betting on Super Bowl wireless data consumption topping 10 TB this year, up from 7 TB in 2016, and expanded its network capacity accordingly. The other leading mobile operators also had to deploy extra temporary or permanent capacity to a slightly lesser extent, given that their networks too came under strain from a lot of extra non-live traffic.
Broadcasters around the world need to engage with mobile standardization efforts around the 5G banner to ensure their interests are represented in emerging technologies for converged networks combining fixed broadband with Wi-Fi and cellular transmission. This was a key takeaway from the annual EBU (European Broadcasting Union) state of the industry conference called Forecast, held at its Geneva headquarters late November 2016.
Consumer off the shelf technology (COTS) is providing broadcast TV facilities an economical foundation for technical growth in all directions.