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NBA broadcasts first 5G smartphone game at Summer League

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (Xinhua) — The NBA broadcast the first-ever live major sports production captured exclusively by smartphones at a Summer League game on Thursday in Las Vegas.

An NBA statement revealed that the game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards was shot by six Samsung phones with the LiveU Smart mobile app and was distributed to viewers by wireless carrier AT&T’s 5G video infrastructure.

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Steve Hellmuth, executive vice president of media operations and technology department at NBA Entertainment, was quoted by Sportbusiness.com as saying that the Thursday’s “Smartphone View” was unique for fans.

“We believe this will be the first live major sports production ever shot exclusively on smartphones to be distributed widely to fans. The plan is to deliver fans a unique broadcast experience using the same cameras they use every day to capture special moments in their lives,” he said.

5G is still in its early stage of development in the United States and around the world. The technology was first deployed on a wide scale at the 2019 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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