Today, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Verizon announced it was working with Disney StudioLab to explore of 5G wireless network technology.

  • According to Variety, Disney StudioLab will test Verizon’s next-generation network capabilities.
  • The 5G network will have data transmission rates 10 gigabits per second and be able to download at speeds of 300 mbps.
  • That speed would allow digital movies to download in about 10 seconds.
  • Speaking to Variety, Walt Disney Studios CTO Jamie Voris said one of the applications his team envisioned for 5G was the ability to use wireless technology on sets where broadband wasn’t feasible, noting “We shoot our movies in some very remote locations.”
  • Disney launched StudioLab last year with Accenture Interactive as a founding member.
  • The goal of StudioLab is to “apply emerging technologies to create new entertainment experiences.”
  • 5G joins a list of other technologies StudioLab is exploring, including immersive entertainment, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), the future of movie production, and next-generation cinematic platforms.
  • This isn’t the only time Disney has come up at this year’s CES—Audi and Disney debuted an in-car virtual reality game called Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run at the show while Panasonic announced it was collaborating with Disney on the projection technology for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year.

What they’re saying: 

  • Jamie Voris, Walt Disney Studios chief technology officer: “We see 5G changing everything about how media is produced and consumed.”