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NBA broadcasts Summer League game shot exclusively on smartphones

The NBA continues to use the Summer League as a platform for experimentation.

The July 11 game between the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards had an alternate broadcast shot exclusively on smartphone cameras using 5G mobile technology.

Wireless carrier AT&T provided the 5G video infrastructure for the live game production, which deployed six Samsung phones to shoot the action using the LiveU Smart mobile app.

The Smartphone View broadcast was carried on the ESPN App, internationally on NBA League Pass, and NBA TV Canada.

Steve Hellmuth, executive vice-president, media operations and technology, NBA Entertainment, said: “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.”