Galaxy S24 Ultra Captures Paris Olympics from Athlete Boats

In about a month, the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games will take place outside of a stadium for the first time ever. Paris 2024 will feature 10,500 athletes floating down the Seine River in designated boats for each national delegation, aiming to be the most open and accessible opening ceremony in history. Departing from the Austerlitz bridge, the parade will follow a six-kilometre route through the centre of Paris, passing official Olympic Games venues before concluding at the Trocadéro.

To bring fans closer to the action, Samsung will install over 200 Galaxy S24 Ultra smartphones on the 85 athlete vessels. The high-quality HDR footage from these devices will be shared and streamed via a private 5G network powered by Orange, the official mobile network provider of Paris 2024. Orange will install over a dozen 5G antennas along the Seine to create France’s first-ever 5G standalone network, ensuring seamless connectivity and viewing experience for fans worldwide.

Nethra Kumanan, first Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Olympics, she also secured a Paris 2024 quota – Photo by Oman Sail.

Samsung will also use this technology for the sailing competitions in Marseille, placing Galaxy S24 Ultra devices on each competition boat. This will let fans experience the race alongside their favourite Olympians, offering an immersive view of the event.

This initiative involved months of research, development, and testing with OBS and Orange to guarantee video quality and connectivity performance across various water and weather conditions. Samsung and its partners addressed these challenges by leveraging the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s Optical Image Stabilization [OIS] features, increasing transmission power, and installing relay towers on chase boats.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Olympic Broadcast

This announcement marks the next stage of Samsung’s commitment to digital transformation and cutting-edge technology at the Games. Samsung’s involvement with the Olympics began with the ‘Call Home’ program in 1998 and continued with the Wireless Olympic Works [WOW] app introduced in Athens 2004 and made public at Vancouver 2010. Samsung has also provided over 120,000 mobile products to athletes and staff since Nagano 1998.

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