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- Dec 30, 2010
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If Verizon's newest plans come to fruition, then in 2014 you will be able to watch the Superbowl via their live Broadcast over LTE. Verizon chief Lowell McAdam and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, made it clear at CES today that VZW plans to market their live broadcast TV over 4G LTE service. Here's a quote with some additional info,
Verizon has already facilitated the streaming of Super Bowl 2011 via its NFL football app, but tapping into a live broadcast rather than a stream could provide a more stable viewing experience (goodbye, buffering!).
Broadcasting over LTE - or Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) - has been in the works for some time, with Samsung, Ericsson, and Qualcomm all showing off the technology last year. According to Ericsson, using Broadcast over LTE means "operators can make better use of their available spectrum and free up network capacity."
McAdam said Verizon is hard at work making that a reality over its 4G LTE network. The goal is to "break down the barrier between home and mobile" to create services that transition seamlessly between TVs and your smartphone or tablet, he said.
What do you guys think? I am not seeing how it makes any difference whether the Superbowl is broadcast over 4G LTE or any other broadcast medium. Please share any insights as to why this is relevant.