China successfully conducted its first test of 5G virtual reality (VR) video streaming on Monday.
Three companies jointly conducted the test.
- The VR video shooting technique was provided by China Central Television (CCTV), the parent company of CGTN;
- The network for video streaming was done by China Unicom, one of the three giant mobile carriers;
- The 5G infrastructures were made by Huawei, the telecom equipment giant.
The technology will be soon used in a real-life scenario: to do a live VR streaming of the 2019 chunwan gala.
This year's chunwan, set to be performed on February 4, will be held simultaneously at three locations: Beijing, Changchun and Shenzhen.
It's obviously impossible for a viewer to be at all these locations at the same time. So video streaming is required to have a full chuwan experience. And VR can greatly enhance that experience by providing a 360° view of all the locations.
To bring more hype to chunwan, CCTV will launch some interactive programs beforehand and highlight videos afterward.
This was one of a series of tests CCTV is conducting with 5G. The previous test was conducted by using 5G to stream 4k videos, which was also a success.
VR is welcomed in China. While a lot of people don't know much about the technology, they see VR as a potentially great way of entertainment. There are also building designers using VR to show their work to investors in order to leave a deeper impression than flat video renders.