France Télévisions picks Roland Garros for demo of 8K over 5G with mobile operator Orange

French public service broadcaster France Télévisions is once again using Roland Garros as the venue to demonstrate new technology, this time with 8K content over 5G in partnership with telco Orange.

MP+Silva’s first year collaborating with the Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT) on the French Open was a successful one.

Last year France Télévisions used the Roland Garros tournament to trial 8K production, and this year it is taking a step further into innovative uses of sports broadcast technology, into the world of 5G.

The 8K content will include matches from the main Philippe-Chatrier centre court.

According to reports, 100 hours of live content from the competition will be broadcast in total, over satellite and video on demand, with the 8K footage available on direct-to-home platform Fransat and Orange TV. HD content will be shown on France 2, France 3 and France 4.

Also, the 8K footage will be available in the France Télévisions showroom; the broadcaster is creating an 8K platform where invitation-only visitors will be able to view the content and production process.

Another sports broadcaster and mobile operator working on 5G production is BT Sport with EE. In a world first last year, BT Sport and EE successfully carried out a live broadcast over 5G using remote production, delivering a two-way transmission from Wembley Stadium to London ExCeL. The demonstration, which was the focus of a session at SVG Europe’s Football Summit 2019, was designed to illustrate the potential opportunities that 5G can bring to sports broadcasters.

Roland Garros is one of the four Grand Slam events on the tennis calendar and takes place in Paris every year.

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