DENVER – Charter Communications, Inc., in partnership with CableLabs, CommScope, Comcast, NCTA and SCTE•ISBE today showcased a holographic streaming demonstration at the SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo, displaying how cable’s 10G-capable, high-bandwidth, low-latency networks can utilize multi-gig symmetrical speeds to deliver the technologies of tomorrow. Powered by a hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) network and the latest DOCSIS® specifications, the two-part demonstration showed a vision of the future workplace and home user experience.
“The future of work and home are quickly evolving and cable’s 10G-capable network is the ideal environment for innovating these network-powered experiences,” said Andrew Ip, Charter’s Senior Vice President of Emerging Technology and Innovation. “This first-of-its-kind demonstration gives a glimpse at how a powerful network can enhance the ways we work and live. As new technological advancements continue to emerge, our networks are capable of delivering whatever is yet to come.”
To perform the demonstration, the latest in ray-tracing tools and light field capture technology were used to create holographic content. Charter collaborated with San Francisco-based Visby, which conducted one of the first commercial light field shoots by using an array of 100 cameras sampling at 250 Gbps to produce 8,000 minutes of raw video footage.
The entire experience is based on next-generation cable architecture, combining a Charter-developed advanced edge compute cluster with a CommScope-provided 10G-capable HFC network, including home wireless delivery with the latest Wi-Fi 6E connection. The holographic experience was transmitted over an end-to-end multi-gigabit network, operating at single-digit millisecond latency.
Additionally, the Charter team developed software to manage the two-way, low-latency connection and deliver holographic data downstream that altered with gesture input from the user sent upstream. This 8K holographic content was presented on Looking Glass Factory’s latest light field display. The result is a real-time, interactive, 3D experience, transmitted over a cable network to a holographic display that delivers the highest resolution on the market, without the need for specialized glasses.
“10G was first announced at Cable-Tec Expo just two years ago, and today we were proud to open Expo with an innovative demonstration of the power of 10G,” said Chris Bastian, SCTE•ISBE’s Senior Vice President, Engineering & Chief Technology Officer. “Collaboration across the cable ecosystem and with tech startups made today’s demonstration a reality and will be essential as we move this technology from demonstration to scaled, production-ready deployments. Just as the industry has done with other technologies, we now need to specify, standardize, and operationalize this service to bring the promise of light fields to cable customers.”
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 30 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.
For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.
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SCTE•ISBE is envisioning the future of connectivity, today. Through technological leadership and innovation in the cable industry, SCTE•ISBE is creating a more connected world. As a not‐for‐profit member organization, SCTE•ISBE moves member companies forward through continuous training for the workforce of tomorrow and by putting leaders into the conversations that matter. In partnership with Cable Labs® and NCTA, SCTE•ISBE is building the future of 10G, leveraging its expertise for the acceleration and deployment of technology. More at www.scte.org.