On Sunday, viewers in Times Square had the opportunity to “walk the red carpet” at the Oscars using a 5G-enabled smartphone. Verizon created this world-first Oscars experience using the power of its Ultra-Wideband 5G network, which projected the red carpet experience to fans 2,500 miles away, in New York City.
The Verizon 5G portal transported fans from Times Square to the famous Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where they were then able to see all of the live celebrity action unfold right before their eyes, as if they were standing on the red carpet themselves.
Creating a new 5G experience
A Verizon 4K 360-degree camera was placed on the Red Carpet. Using a 5G smartphone connected to Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband network, which operates on a higher mmWave frequency with a wider spectrum bandwidth, fans stepped into a virtual portal that transported them to the real-time Red Carpet.
Once “on” the red carpet, viewers could control what they looked at thanks to a 360-degree camera. They could see the celebrities walk right past them in real-time, providing an innovative, new way to watch the Oscars.
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The high bandwidth and low latency of Verizon’s Ultra-Wideband 5G is what made such an impressive feat possible. It allowed the Red Carpet to be captured in real-time and at a high resolution. This kind of experience would usually require a wired connection which would limit the motion of the smartphone.
Bringing 5G to the Red Carpet is just one of the ways Verizon is trying to transform the way we experience entertainment. The company is doing a fantastic job of pushing the limits of 5G in unique and compelling ways.