LiveU, T-Mobile and FOX Sports achieve first 5G/HDR aerial production with drones

The MLB game at Field of Dreams has been enjoyed by nearly six million viewers. The FOX Sports production team made a short of a cinematic masterpiece recalling the renowned classic movie from Universal Pictures and relaying the excitement of live sports.

LiveU technology, powered by T-Mobile, took part in the live production. Their solutions enabled aerial production with drones delivering High Dynamic Range (HDR) over T-Mobile’s 5G network using a single 5G SIM card in LiveU’s LU800 production-level field unit and a LiveU 5G modem.  The workflow included two LU800 field units with two 5G sim cards connected to the drones streaming back to the OB van. Additionally, two LU800 field units were used for secondary transmission and two LU300 HEVC field units distributed live video to Fox News and Fox affiliates via LiveU Matrix.

“For the MLB at Field of Dreams Game, we collaborated with T-Mobile and LiveU to provide HDR drone coverage, which was integral to the special live production”, said Brad Cheney, VP of Field Operations & Engineering, FOX Sports. “The robustness we received from the T-Mobile 5G network using a single 5G SIM card in the LU800 exceeded our expectations and was a solid part of our broadcast. Great imagery comes from aerial and moving cameras, which lent itself to the special live program we were able to deliver”.

“5G drones are connecting us in new and better ways to our world, including bringing sports fans closer than ever to the live action on the field”, said Bryan Fries, VP of Technology Ecosystem Development at T-Mobile.

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