EE, BBC & Huawei in 4G broadcast collaboration

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All three will team up as part of trial to broadcast Commonwealth Games directly to mobile devices.

The commonwealth games will be broadcast over 4G after the BBC agreed to a partnership with EE aimed at making buffering a thing of the past.

Using technology within 4G to broadcast rather than stream footage to mobile devices, the collaboration, which also involves Huawei and Qualcomm, will provide a higher quality of footage, they claim.

Live content would be broadcast using the MPEG-DASH format and sent over an IP link to a Huawei server.  It is then sent sent onto base stations and finally picked up by a device, such as a mobile phone or a tablet. The content will be broadcast on 2.6Ghz spectrum but will not be seen by members of the public, except those at a showcase in Glasgow.

“Broadcasting popular content to mobile devices offers the possibility of delivering content in a consistent quality without the buffering and resultant freezing that can affect conventional streaming over mobile networks at times of congestion”, said Andrew Murphy from the BBC’s research and development department.

 

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