iWorld

5G remote production: Need of the hour or call of the future

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/06/MN-Vyas.jpg?itok=Pk9fgnhD

Broadcast to mobile is a fascinating concept which came into light in the early 2000s. The mobile networks were busy with offering GPRS based services. The early days saw a variety of mobile broadcast solutions including DVB-H, DMB, DAB-IP, ISDB-T and MediaFLO. The success of such solutions would depend on availability of compatible handsets and broadcasters could not justify huge investment into alternate/parallel network just to deliver content to mobile users.

As 5G infrastructure garners pace into 2020, the response from media and entertainment industry has been very encouraging in terms of testing and potential adoption of 5G technology. Broadcasters are looking at ways to leverage and capitalize on this next-generation mobile technology. As the internet takes centre stage in content delivery and distribution, 5G will play the role of a catalyst in the growth of both, broadcasters and technology providers.

Almost 92 per cent of broadcasters are planning to adopt 5G in the next two years(IBC report) and remote production has been identified as a major application of 5G wireless technology. As broadcasters continue to realize the potential of 5G, 65 per cent would imbibe it for remote production and 61 per cent of the broadcasters are willing to adopt 5G for distribution as an alternative to satellite, DTT or cable (OnePoll, Nevion).

With its unique qualities like mobility, flexibility and reliability, remote production has emerged as the most vital application of 5G technology and could forever change the production workflows of live content such as events, sports and news. 5G has great potential to enable broadcasters to enhance coverage and streamline production by allowing multiple cameras and microphones. 5G will help in managing multiple live events from a central broadcast facility.

Having said that, the transition to 5G will not be an easy one. It will take immense effort and courage to completely replace centralised production studios and widely popular OB vans with cloud-based workflows. Also, migration from SDI to IP will define the near future production techniques and it will be very interesting to see how 5G merges with these new techniques.

Ultimately, adoption of 5G will hugely depend on the efficiency of the business model around which it will be built. The revenue-generating power of 5G is yet to be tested and broadcasters must be facing a dichotomy about migrating from the existing model which has been tried and tested for years. Change is the only constant but coexistence is nature’s amazing trait which could possibly lead to 5G complementing existing technologies and create an enhanced ecosystem for the growth of all the relevant stakeholders of the media and entertainment industry.

(The author is founder and executive director, Planetcast Media Services. The views expressed are his own and Indiantelevision.com may not subscribe to them.)

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/28/indvsaus.jpg?itok=Phx3Xpoz
Ind-Aus tour: Facebook strikes digital content partnership with SPNI

KOLKATA: Facebook announced a digital content partnership with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) for the Indian cricket team’s tour of Australia. Kickstarting on 27 November, the partnership will involve exclusive video-on-demand match content being showcased on Facebook Watch, the only social...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/28/uday.jpg?itok=FgXD68qY
Lens of regulation is more important: Uday Shankar on OTT platforms

‘Will OTT platforms be put on leash?’ is the question being discussed and debated lately, especially after being brought under the ambit of the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB).

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/28/puneet.jpg?itok=9-UyU2cj
Times Internet's transformation from media company to tech company

Digital disruption is reshaping the media and entertainment ecosystem at a rapid pace. As media companies adapt to the change, investment in technology is emerging as the need of the hour.

iWorld eNews
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/27/amazon.jpg?itok=1O8EF3y8
CAIT demands 7-day ban on Amazon for not indicating country of origin

NEW DELHI: Expressing dissatisfaction with the Rs 25,000 penalty levied on Amazon India by the ministry of consumer affairs, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has demanded a seven-day ban on the e-commerce giant for not providing the mandatory details of 'country of origin' on the...

iWorld e-commerce
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/27/hits.jpg?itok=m44f_eGA
Hits debuts on Jio

NEW DELHI: Hits, one of Asia's top English networks bringing the best of Hollywood and UK TV shows, will now be available to Jio users. It will be introduced as a value-added linear service on JioTV for mobile users as well as JioTV+ for JioFiber users.

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/27/aatm.jpg?itok=0rRXUFEs
Mitron TV launches ‘Atmanirbhar Anthem’

KOLKATA: Short format video app Mitron TV has released the Atmanirbhar Anthem following the ban of 43 additional Chinese-origin apps by the Indian government. The anthem pays homage to the Indian technology community and reiterates the message of using homegrown products and services. The anthem’s...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/26/yim.jpg?itok=b-odL1Ug
Times Internet rolls back pay cuts as business picks up

KOLKATA: As media companies start seeing a rebound in business after the initial shock of the Covid2019 crisis, many of the biggies have begun rolling back pay cuts. The latest addition to the list is Times Internet Limited (TIL).

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/26/sony.jpg?itok=ZC-ZSlQn
SonyLIV ramps up content portfolio with live sports, dubbed regional show

KOLKATA: After months of waiting to see Team India in action, SonyLIV is here with a breather for all cricket lovers. The much-hyped India Tour of Australia will go live on the platform starting 27 November. In one of the most high-octane series in international cricket, Kohli’s Men in Blue will...

iWorld Over The Top Services

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required