MIPCOM prepares to enter virtual reality

The organisers of MIPCOM are preparing a series of events focused on the fast-moving world of virtual reality. Sony is backing the VR sessions, which run across the first three days of the market and will be held in the Palais. There will be sessions dedicated to creativity in the VR space, production challenges, financing […]

Discovery launches online VR offering

Discovery has launched Seeker VR, an OTT 360-video and virtual reality offering. The YouTube channel will have a raft of 360-degree content from digital content specialists. A selected team of ‘creators’ will travel the world, with Discovery providing production resources and expertise to track their journeys and create 360 and VR experiences. Discovery launched its […]

Comcast Ventures invests in VR studio

Comcast Ventures has invested in virtual reality studio Kite & Lightning, marking the latest in a string of bets in the VR space. Comcast Ventures’ Catalyst Fund contributed to Kite & Lightning’s US$2.5 million seed round, which was led by Raine Ventures and also included contributions from Social Capital, Outpost Capital, Boost VC and Jason […]

VR studio River staffs up

Virtual reality studio River Studios has officially launched and announced details of its leadership team, which includes staffers who have worked for YouTube and Disney. The LA-based studio was born out of technology venture capital firm Rothenberg Ventures and was founded by Harvard Business School graduate Mike Rothenberg, who takes the CEO role. Included in […]

BBC makes virtual reality move

The BBC has unveiled its first “true VR” pieces of content, marking a step forward in the UK public broadcaster’s experiments with the technology. The BBC posted a number of its Virtual Reality experiments to BBC Taster, its platform for experimental ideas, ahead of their premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest, with more projects set to […]

IMAX embraces VR with Starbreeze

IMAX Corporation has announced a major virtual reality push, which includes a joint venture agreement with Swedish games studio and VR content and hardware creator Starbreeze. IMAX said it will develop a premium, location-based virtual reality offering that includes entertainment content and games – delivered to multiplexes, malls and other commercial destinations. Through its deal […]

Google launching dedicated YouTube VR app

Google is due to launch a dedicated YouTube VR app later this year for its forthcoming mobile virtual reality platform, Daydream. Announcing the launch at its I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, Google said it is creating the YouTube VR app to provide an “easier, more immersive way to find and experience virtual reality […]

Comcast invests in ex-DreamWorks exec’s VR start-up

Comcast has led a round of investment in Spaces, a VR firm founded by entrepreneurs including Brad Herman, the former CTO of DreamWorks, the animation studio recently acquired by Comcast. The cabler’s investment arm, Comcast Ventures, led the US$3 million funding round. Spaces will be run by video games veteran Shiraz Akmal as CEO, alongside […]

Google readies Daydream VR platform

Google is set to launch a mobile VR platform this autumn that will encompass smartphones, a reference design for a headset and controller, and apps. Announcing the plans at the Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, Google’s vice-president of virtual reality Clay Bavor said that Daydream will include “all the ingredients you need […]

Discovery’s Shark Week goes VR

Discovery Communications will embark on its annual Shark Week in late June with a virtual reality element included for the first time. The week-long extravaganza of shark-themed programming kicks off on June 26 and alongside a raft of programming about the aquatic predators there will be a dedicated VR experience, accessible via the DiscoveryVR app. […]