VR/AR


PwC: VR the fastest growing segment of UK media sector

Virtual reality is the fastest growing segment of the UK’s entertainment and media sector and will be worth more than £1.2 billion by 2022, according to PwC predictions. PwC’s latest Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022 estimates that the UK virtual reality (VR) market will grow at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34% over […]

Qualcomm unveils first dedicated VR and AR chipset

Mobile technology giant Qualcomm has unveiled what it describes as the world’s first dedicated ‘extended reality’ (XR) chipset in the run-up to the Augmented World Expo. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 platform is designed to open the way for manufacturers to create affordable dedicated virtual and augmented reality devices. The chipset is the first to be made […]

AMC International Southern Europe to distribute VR content

AMC Networks International Southern Europe has made a deal with Rooftop Immersive Studio to aggregate and distribute VR content. Rooftop will aggregate VR content on a monthly basis from a wide range of genres with a focus on documentaries and factual VR experiences for AMC’s factual brand Odisea/Odisseia. Rooftop Content Group, the Amsterdam based international […]

Oculus Research rebrands to Facebook Reality Labs

Oculus Research, the division of the Facebook-owned company that is focused on creating “the future of personal and shared reality”, has rebranded to Facebook Reality Labs (FRL). Announcing the name change in a post on Facebook, Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash said that “while our name is new, our focus on the future hasn’t changed”. […]

Facebook launches Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook has launched its new Oculus Go standalone virtual reality headset in a move that many observers hope will kickstart mass adoption of VR. The Oculus Go costs US$199 in the US – with the same price point in sterling for the UK market – for a version with 32GB of onboard storage and US$249 […]

NBCUniversal teams up with Google for VR

NBCUniversal has teamed up with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) content across networks and shows. The companies will collaborate on at least 10 multi-episode VR productions that will allow fans to get closer to the shows by placing them inside the scenes and allowing them to look around. As part of this partnership, Bravo […]

Channel 4 orders Grenfell Tower VR original from Parable

Channel 4 has commissioned its first virtual reality original from VR studio Parable, named Grenfell: Our Home, as the studio moves to television. Grenfell will be an immersive documentary that tells the stories of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, focusing on their lives and homes before the fire. The piece will premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest after […]

Samsung launches episodic VR pilot season

Samsung has launched an initiative called Pilot Season, designed to encourage the development of episodic virtual reality content for the Samsung VR Video service. Pilot episodes for six original series have now gone live on the Samsung VR Video service on Gear VR, with the content produced using grants provided by Samsung. The Gear VR […]

Breaking Fourth launches VR show for Samsung VR Pilot Season

British virtual reality studio Breaking Fourth has launched a new virtual reality (VR) series, Bro Bots, during the Tribeca Film Festival. The first six-minute episode, entitled Bro Bots Go Sky High, premiered yesterday during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival as part of Samsung VR Video’s Pilot Season. Samsung VR Video Pilot Season is a new initiative aimed at […]

TheWaveVR raises US$6m in funding

TheWaveVR, a social virtual reality (VR) platform for music fans, has raised US$6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by RRE Ventures, with participation also coming from Upfront Ventures, KPCB, Greycroft VR Gaming Tracker Fund and The VR Fund. Strategic investors in the round included: Giphy CEO Alex Chung; the co-founder of […]

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