5G is expected to usher in a new world of ultra-high-definition mobile streaming video, as well as immersive media, such as real-time, 360-degree video, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), in-car entertainment, advanced video games, holographic displays, immersive advertising, and many other incredible new environments and approaches for entertainment.
Live events like sports, awards shows, movie premieres and historical news events could be experienced by large audiences in real time through 360 video that could make it feel like they're really there. Those actually at sports events could have games and matches augmented with data overlaid on the real-time action through AR.
Mobile AR could be built into ordinary prescription glasses and worn all day, and the quality of this experience should be enabled by 5G.
We can also look forward to more blending of marketing, advertising and entertainment. The nascent world of experiential marketing could be turbocharged by 5G and all the capabilities it can deliver. The blending of fun with product marketing is already a big part of how technology is changing entertainment, and 5G could accelerate that.
5G-enabled digital entertainment experiences could be paid for in many cases with zero-touch checkout. Digital mobile payments will be strongly incentivized by the 5G-enabled speed of processing these payments.
While 5G is expected to transform entertainment, it could also transform the ability of creatives and influencers to generate content.
We can anticipate and envision better versions of today's platforms and applications. But the truth is that 5G is likely to enable entertainment ideas nobody has thought of yet.