Telstra may be trialling broadcast smartphone technology, but US authorities are still grappling with the problems it is intended to solve.
The US National Football League is blocking streaming at Superbowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey Monday morning (AEST). NFL.com and Fox Sports are both streaming video of the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, but they will be not be made available on the Wi-Fi network within the stadium.
The stop-start nature of American football has many fans using their mobile phone between plays.
US website Ars Technica published a short interview with NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle. She said the 82,500-seat stadium can handle up to 30,000 concurrent Internet users across mobile phone networls and Wi-Fi. “The plan is to prioritise upload speeds over download because fans generally spend a lot of time posting photos and statuses to social media.”
The NFL is providing a Super Bowl app to attendees with an event guide and ‘exclusive content’, but it won't include streaming video or replays.