How 5G Will Shape the Future of Streaming

By Media Entertainment Tech Outlook | Thursday, October 08, 2020

How 5G Will Shape the Future of Streaming

The advent of 5G technology will enhance the speed and quality factors associated with streaming.

FREMONT, CA: Smart mobile tech and 5G networks will transform industries as well as society alike. When it comes to streaming platforms and services, 5G has immense potential in-store as well. Although live streaming is not a new concept, the limitations of our phone network have restrained streaming to an extent. For instance, the lack of a fast and reliable connection has impacted customers’ streaming experiences on various occasions. The advent of 5G is a promising one in terms of offering network speeds and massive capacity to mobile devices.

As many of us already know, the key difference between 4G and 5G is speed. However, the speed factor will also account for the transmission and reception of video packets with improved quality. Currently, streaming a 360 or VR180 4K video requires a strong WIFI network. However, 5G will account for the smooth streaming of 4K, 5.7K, and even 8K without lags. Such speed and quality factors might place online services at par with television programs.

Live streaming is expected to gain the most with the proliferation of 5G. The technology will enhance the quality of live streams while offsetting the latency factor associated with the streams. Such advancement will shift the viewership base of live events such as sports, from television to mobile devices. 

Improvements in streaming capability will also impact fields such as remote surgeries. For instance, ultra high density (UHD) live streaming will give a push to the cause of remote surgeries. Similarly, various AR and VR applications will also gain popularity due to high-quality media streaming capability. The advent of 5G and improved live streaming can also power some of the artificial intelligence (AI) use cases in the future.

Apart from the expected advancements, the rollout of 5G may offer certain surprise packages to streamers.

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