VR


MIPTV gets into new zones

The organisers of MIPTV will have a new Latin American showcase as well as kids, virtual reality and Africa-themed areas at the market. Reed Midem said this week it is working with the City of Cannes on a new TV drama festival that will run in parallel with MIPTV from next year, and the organisation’s […]

VR firm brings in Bacon from Endemol Shine

A UK-based, Maker Studios-backed virtual reality content producer has hired senior executives from Endemol Shine Group and YouTube channels group Jukin Media. Blend Media has hired James Bacon (pictured) as senior VP, commercial partnerships, and Greg Bond from Jukin, which yesterday launched Video Pizza, an entertainment platform for Japanese audiences. Bacon was previously Endemol Shine’s […]

Content choices will drive virtual reality

VR device shipments will reach a total of 110 million by 2021, with the industry to benefit from a “swath of new and compelling content choices”, according to ABI Research. The new report claims that while mobile device-reliant virtual reality (VR) shipments — such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream— dwarf today’s other VR […]

Heavyweight backing for new VR firm

Viral Spiral founder Damian Collier has received backing from a host of prominent media executives for his new venture, VR firm Blend Media. LADBible Group co-founder and CEO Alex Solomou; Maker Studios co-founder and former president Ben Donovan; and ITN Productions managing director Mark Browning are among the investors in the 360° video and VR content […]

AR and VR investments reach $2.3bn

The amount of money invested last year in virtual and augmented reality companies more than tripled compared to 2015, according to new research. Digi-Capital’s new ‘Augmented/Virtual Reality Report and Deals Database’ said that venture capitalists and corporate investors put US$2.3 billion into AR and VR startups in 2016, compared to some US$700m in 2015. AR […]

Facebook hires Hugo Barra to lead VR efforts

Facebook has hired former Xiaomi and Google executive Hugo Barra to lead all of its virtual reality efforts, including its Oculus team. Announcing the move in a post on Facebook, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Barra “shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform”. “They [VR and […]

PlayStation VR to support 360° YouTube videos

PlayStation VR users can now experience immersive 360-degree YouTube videos using their PS VR headsets. Since the launch of PS VR in October, users have been able to watch streaming and catch-up services on a virtual “big-screen” using the headset. Now users can also watch 360-degree YouTube content that responds to users’ head movements with […]

BBC launches virtual reality talk show

UK public broadcaster the BBC has launched No Small Talk, a one-off virtual reality talk show for millennial women. The show is being coproduced by VR production company VR City and immersive content specialist Lyristic. The programme will be available as a 360-degree video on the low-cost Google Cardboard viewer and the Samsung Gear VR […]

Google launches Daydream VR service

Google has launched its new Daydream View VR headset in five markets, along with Daydream and YouTube VR apps. The Daydream View headset and controller is available in the Google Store and via retailers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia and is compatible with any Daydream-ready phone – currently just Google’s new Pixel […]

Sony unveils PlayStation VR content

Sony has unveiled its full line-up of virtual reality games, experiences and video services for its PlayStation VR headset, which will launch globally tomorrow. Among the non-gaming content that will be available are services like Vrideo, which will let users stream content from a range of VR channels. Customers in the US will also be […]