The BBC’s research and development lab has today announced that they will be trialing live television broadcasting over 4G networks at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which comes after they also announced that they will be broadcasting 4K Ultra HD live video for the public for the first time.
This will come in a partnership with EE, Huawei and Qualcomm, all of whom will be using their own technologies to broadcast live footage of the games over the EE 4G network.
During the broadcast trial, the BBC will transmit all live streams once over the entire network, allowing users to jump into the broadcast quickly, and will be available to view during the entire Commonwealth Games through demo handsets and a custom-built Commonwealth Games application.
During the games the BBC will also do a few more things, including a live stream taken on a 360-degree camera in the SSE Hydro Stadium to an Oculus Rift at the stadium.
The broadcaster will finally experiment with augmented video on BBC iPlayer, including subtitles and an augmented graphical overlay that can show data over certain parts of video during a stream. The BBC will also look into the possibility of using TV White Spaces, which are the spectrum gaps between the channels used by Freeview transmitters.
All of the trials and demos will be open to the public at the Glasgow Science Centre’s Clyde Suite from 10am to 5pm from 24 July to 4 August.