AT & T AT & T shows gamers the potential of 5G at DreamHack Atlanta this weekend, as Digital Trends has exclusively learned. There, the company will set up a localized 5G network and stream part of the event live with 5G phones from new perspectives.
DreamHack is a huge digital festival. Video games are in the limelight and center stage, and a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament is one of the biggest draws of the event and will cover both Saturday and Sunday's efforts. The company will use a locally installed mmWave 5G network. From there, they'll use the high speeds of 5G to submit footage for the official live stream of the DreamHack tournament directly from mobile phones.
New perspectives through 5G
AT & T will record the event from three locations. It will capture the perspective of a fan with someone in the audience. There will be background material from a DreamHack on-air talent. And a third phone will be in the hands of a professional cameraman recording on stage.
The use of phones in these situations worsens the camera rig that is normally needed for a broadcast like this. AT & T, however, plans to broadcast the stream live at Full HD resolution and 60 frames per second.
The footage recorded by AT & T over the 5G network is sent directly to the DreamHack CS Twitch channel. The channel alternates between its own footage and 5G-enabled footage, with an overlay showing when AT & T's footage is displayed on the screen.
AT & T has taken a similar approach to 5G basketball games, but this is the first attempt to cover a US eSports tournament with 5G devices.
Beginnings for 5G's Abilities
The event will give a taste of the opportunities that 5G offers for broadcasting events. Although AT & T uses only three perspectives at this event, 5G networks can provide high-speed connectivity to a large number of users, and this could result in significantly more devices that stream unique perspectives on any number of events.
For broadcast companies, this means the ability to present events from different angles. It can also mean that you get additional free viewing angles when users submit their footage at the event.
For all others, 5G broadcasts offer more from event to event. While this does not apply to Dreamhack's CS: GO tournament, other events streamed over 5G will allow viewers to choose between streams. One spectator could look at a wide perspective of an entire sports arena while another viewer was watching something from a stream directly on the field. Sprint and Verizon are already rolling out consumer networks, while AT & T's 5GE network is not considered a legitimate 5G network by many. AT & T plans to show what 5G will be able to do before a nationwide 5G network is built.