Verizon's LTE-Broadcast combines all of the feeds into a single channel, which would mean that a whole stadium of streamers would use only a small portion of the bandwidth available. But this technology won't be available to Big Red's network until the third quarter (of the year, not the Super Bowl).
Right now,Verizon is testing out the technology by streaming the Super Bowl using LTE-Broadcast, but the only people who will be able to see it are those watching from the carrier's "remote Skybox" located on the other side of the Hudson in a building located at Bryant Park. The demo is supposed to show why banning streaming from stadiums won't be required in the future. Four NFL video feeds will be streaming the game to several Samsung tablets and smartphones.
The good news is that LTE-Broadcast won't autmatically require you to buy a new phone. Well, at least not all of you. Some of Verizon's current LTE enabled handsets are just a software update away from supporting it. According to Parissa Pandkhou, Verizon Wireless' director of mobile video delivery, the operator is waiting for manufacturers to deliver the update.
If all goes well, perhaps Super Bowl 49 will be streamed to those watching the game at University of Phoenix Stadium.