Verizon to show off LTE-Broadcast during the Super Bowl, but you won't see it
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.
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5975; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
So, which handsets are just a software update away from being able to multicast?
3. wilsong17 (Posts: 1123; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
actually i work at the stadium and verizon was installing so many antennas everywhere
but i have tmobile and i get lte on my note 3 inside the stadium
4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
The devices that areal "only a software update away" form supporting LTE-Broadcast are probably going to be those released in 2013/2014 such as the Note 3/iPhone 5s/c, Galaxy S4, etc.
5. Rockbottom (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Maybe because Verizon is an official sponsor for the NFL. They have to get signal to everyone evenly. The network in that area is going to be stressed. Anytime there's a Nascar Race, Super Bowl, big time concert, Verizon is deploying there mobile cell towers to handle capacity.
When have you seen TMo bring in mobile towers?
This is more about the future of the wireless network. There is a bandwidth problem and Verizon is deploying new technology to take care of it.