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SK Telecom said on Tuesday it will live-stream SK Telecom Open 2019 tournament held at SKY72 Golf & Resort`s Sky Course for four days from Thursday through its 5G network.
The company designated three holes on the link to install 5GX wireless broadcast facilities to shoot players with ENG cameras connected with a small wireless modem.
In general, golf broadcasting requires a complex process of transmitting images via cables from each hole to a relay van on the spot and resending them to the station’s control room.
SK Telecom said its 5G live streaming service uses a breakthrough method that does not require complicated camera lines or a relay van by allowing the wireless modem on the camera to send images directly to a control room for broadcasting on OKSUSU, its online streaming channel.
This is the first time that the 5G commercial network is used for sport broadcasting. A drastic change is expected in future sport broadcasting if the low latency and high throughput of 5G networks are fully utilized to remove various physical constraints in live streaming, the company said. This will also reduce the cost from using a relay van or cables, which will bring innovation to the broadcasting industry as a whole. SK Telecom said it will continue cooperate with broadcasters to expand broadcasting on 5G wireless networks to news delivery beyond sport events.
By Lee Sun-hee and Minu Kim
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