Cox’s WFTV Orlando is at the cutting edge of field transmission, using streaming cameras on vehicles that can be remotely controlled by a tech back at the station and transmitting over a 4G link. As more stations want that kind of capability, vendors are responding with bonded cellular and other wireless gear to improve efficiencies and connectivity and are working to include high-speed 5G wireless technology.
The C-Band Alliance’s voluntary, market-based plan to clear 200 MHz for 5G wireless while fully protecting the TV and other current C-band customers. This should be a “no brainer” — private companies using their own capital to clear voluntarily the mid-band spectrum necessary to bring 5G to all Americans and to stay even with China in the race to 5G while protecting existing customers.
ONE Media’s Jerald Fritz: “Using the great big IP data pipe that is a Next Gen TV channel, broadcasters will have the flexibility to provide traditional linear TV entertainment and informational programming to both fixed and mobile devices. Plus, they can use their channels for complementary 5G services.”
5G-enabled cloud-based production workflows, live volumetric video and delivery of movies to theaters are some of the developments that Disney’s StudioLab — an R&D unit launched on the Disney lot last year — will aim to make a reality with its new StudioLab Innovation Partner, Verizon.
For broadcasters, January’s Consumer Electronics Show will be a chance to drum up interest in ATSC 3.0 and check in on products — especially connected cars, voice-enabled devices and the internet of things — that will define consumers’ experiences over the next year.
AT&T is activating its mobile 5G network in parts of 12 cities this week, with plans to add seven more cities in the first half of 2019. Consumers in the cities can try out the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot on the 5G network with AT&T supplying select consumers and businesses their first mobile 5G device and data usage an no cost for 90 days
Sinclair joint venture ONE Media is pleading its case with the FCC to make sure ATSC 3.0 next-gen TV standards are considered while making plans for 5G networks. According to an FCC filing, Mark Aitken, president of ONE Media, recently met with Commissioner Michael O’Rielly and other FCC officials to discuss ATSC 3.0’s ability to deliver data services outside of television.
The administration isn’t calling for any specific action other than reports from various agencies due in about six months, and the development of the strategy itself in about nine months.
Dish Network’s Charlie Ergen continues to beat the 5G drum, telling an investor conference that the company could spend up to $10 billion to build 50,000 towers in its efforts to launch a 5G network.
“Given the stakes, I’m sure we’ll see both collaboration between the phone companies and broadcasters and head-to-head competition,” says Rick Ducey, managing director, BIA Advisory Services. And some broadcasters view 5G’s rollout — and the potential investment of the phone companies in broadcast capabilities of their own — as a potential opportunity for the traditional big-stick broadcasters.
The FCC on Wednesday in a 3-1 party-line vote approved a new rule that would limit what fees local authorities can charge wireless providers as the industry builds out its next-generation networks, known as 5G.
Small cell 5G gear will no longer need federal environmental and historic reviews. The change is meant to lower costs and speed deployment of next-gen networks.
SES has accepted the merits of an Intelsat/Intel suggestion to the FCC that satellite’s valuable C-band frequencies can be shared with telcos in city areas to help boost 5G coverage. SES will join a consortium with Intelsat which is open to all satellite operators. The move, if accepted by the FCC, could prove to be extremely valuable for SES and Intelsat. The two dominate the supply of satellite capacity over the US.
A reported White House proposal to nationalize a 5G network currently being developed by the private sector drew opposition Monday from telecom regulators (including all five FCC commissioners) and industry groups.
The TV landscape is experiencing a period of rapid evolution in terms of technology, business realities and consumption, and this year’s IBC Convention looks to deliver fresh insights. From the role of artificial intelligence in media and 5G to virtualization of workflows and the likely impact of new consumer technologies on media, IBC 2017 will offer perspective.