Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Verizon and Disney plan to work on 5G entertainment use cases

5G-enabled cloud-based production workflows, live volumetric video and delivery of movies to theaters are some of the developments that Disney's StudioLab — an R&D unit launched on the Disney lot last year — will aim to make a reality with its new StudioLab Innovation Partner, Verizon.

Verizon on Tuesday touted the partnership during its CES keynote in Las Vegas, where its recently named CEO Hans Vestberg talked about the broad potential from entertainment to healthcare of a 5G network, which the company has started to roll out in four U.S. cities, including Indianapolis, Sacramento, Houston and Los Angeles.

5G will "change everything," said the exec, calling the fifth generation of wireless technology "a quantum leap compared to 4G" with the potential to reach peak data rates of 10GB/sec. He cited as an example that it could take three to four minutes to download a movie with 4G, but that might be reduced to 10 seconds with 5G.

In addition to the aforementioned initiatives, as part of the partnership, Verizon and Disney plan to also work on areas including 5G-enabled 3D scanning, as well as delivering marketing and theatrical experiences like interactive characters, location-based experiences and augmented reality and mixed reality experiences. 


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