5G for the Distribution of Audiovisual Media Content and Services

Tech Report 054

Media organizations have evolved their distribution to include IP-based services with linear as well as nonlinear and catch-up content.

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Portable and mobile devices such as smartphone and tablets play an increasing role for the consumption of media content and services in the home, as well as on the move.

For the time being, the only way of delivering nonlinear services to portable and mobile devices is by means of unicast connections. However, the large-scale delivery of audio-visual content over mobile unicast networks is at present not satisfactory both from media service providers and user perspectives, due to deficits regarding QoS, coverage and costs. 5G as specified by 3GPP may offer an opportunity to bridge this gap.

This report elaborates on the potential of 5G to facilitate the distribution of the whole range of PSM services to portable and mobile devices.


This report is a result of collaboration between stakeholders in the media sector, including public and commercial broadcasters, broadcast and telecom network operators, equipment manufacturers, and technology providers. The views presented in the report do not necessarily reflect a formal position of the EBU or any of the contributing parties. While the information provided in the report is considered true and correct at the time of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact its accuracy. The information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind and it will not be maintained. The EBU does not accept any responsibility or liability for the decisions taken because of the content of this report.