Report highlights audio-video experiences that will be “5G only”

A report from InterDigital and Futuresource sheds light on audio-video experiences that will only be available using 5G networks.

“Significant engineering and innovation has shaped the emergence of 5G, and we are beginning to realize the benefits of this enhanced wireless ecosystem, particularly for video and video experiences,” said Henry Tirri, Chief Technology Officer, InterDigital.

“This report in partnership with Futuresource Consulting highlights a myriad of applications for 5G in the video domain where consumers are demanding increasingly ubiquitous and immersive experiences.”

Each generation of mobile network has enabled innovative applications. The high speeds, low latency and improved reliability of 5G networks will open new opportunities. However, many consumers are still waiting on the sidelines for apps that are only possible on 5G.

For their report, the researchers sought out some of the “flagship apps” that will prove why 5G isn’t just improving current experiences, but is needed for brand new ones. The report’s authors also looked at some of the more general benefits that 5G will bring.

According to the report, here are some of the opportunities that 5G will unlock:

  • Video streamed live. Gone are the days of stuttering video with long delays and high costs being a hindrance. 5G will allow anyone – from influencers to journalists and even citizen reporters – to broadcast in near real-time with much higher quality and reliability.

“5G is expected to bring greater simplicity and flexibility to the transmission of camera signals, which historically involved complex combinations of wired and wireless technologies. As a result, video streaming over 5G is the promise of lower production costs. »

  • Range extension. 5G will enable the delivery of richer content to a wider audience and range of devices, including AR/VR headsets.

“LTE streaming capability is an integral part of the 5G standard, which provides an alternative to traditional satellite, cable and terrestrial television distribution, maximizing bandwidth utilization and minimizing distribution costs.”

  • Transform live events. Live events, especially in rural areas without fiber access, will be transformed from 5G networks which can offer greater flexibility than before. The pandemic has accelerated remote production and 5G networks will support the future of how people work, especially in the media and broadcast industry.

“Broadcasters are increasingly dependent on wireless networks for everything from downloading news from the field to using LTE-enabled video cameras at live sporting events, and 5G will undoubtedly expand bandwidth. and enhance the reliability of these transmissions.”

  • Drive new virtual reality and metaverse experiences. Excitement is growing about how virtual reality and the metaverse can revolutionize the way we work and play. However, previous mobile networks suffered from high latency, which increased feelings of nausea and hindered the overall enjoyment and adoption of such experiences.

5G, especially when combined with edge computing, can deliver ultra-low latency and support the high-density data needed for enjoyable mobile VR and metaverse experiences.

“In addition, linking future VR devices to cloud-based GPUs via a 5G connection could help reduce hardware costs and improve device capability for consumers, with the potential to encourage greater adoption by the consumer. market.”

  • New codecs to support more efficient transmission of UHD content. Codecs such as Versatile Video Coding (VVC) and Deep Neural Network Video Coding (DNNVC) are emerging to improve the transmission of ultra-high definition (UHD) content and make it accessible to more people in more places.

“The compression benefits provided by the industry’s range of new and existing codecs enable the delivery of richer video content at lower cost to video providers and with lower latency to meet the needs of broadcasters.”

“There’s no doubt that every video app out there will be ‘better on 5G,'” said Simon Forrest, senior technology analyst at Futuresource. “The challenge now is for the industry to develop new audio-visual experiences that can only happen ‘on 5G’.”

The full report is available here (registration required)

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