VR/AR


AR home shopping channel app launches

South Korean 5G service provider LG Uplus and augmented reality (AR) startup eyecandylab have announced the launch of U+AR Shopping. The new product will provide AR services for home shopping channels worldwide in what they claim to be a world-first.  Starting with GS Shopping and Home&Shopping in South Korea, viewers will be able to view […]

NBA extends partnership with NextVR

American sports league the NBA has extended and expanded its agreement with VR firm NextVR. From October 26, NextVR will feature one game a week in virtual reality to subscribers of the NBA League Pass streaming service within the NextVR app. This will expand to feature weekly game broadcasts, full game replays, highlights and other […]

FandangoNOW launches VR app for Oculus

Fast-growing VOD FandangoNOW has launched its movie and TV store on Oculus VR devices. Available on Oculus Go and Oculus Quest headsets in the US, the store provides access to over 90,000 movies and TV shows to rent and buy. The company says that in addition to regular films and shows, hundreds of 3D titles, […]

Deutsche Telekom lines up VR and AR over 5G for Bayern Munich

Deutsche Telekom and football club FC Bayern Munich have teamed up to deploy 5G mobile coverage around the Bayern Munich club grounds from spring 2020, enabling fans to use augmented and virtual reality apps on 5G-enabled devices.  Work on developing the applications is slated to start this year, with Deutsche Telekom setting up antennas around […]

Vodafone Portugal and TVI in holographic 5G first

Vodafone Portugal and Portuguese public broadcaster TVI have teamed up to transmit a holographic broadcast over 5G, which Vodafone described as “an unprecedented milestone for our country”. A live broadcast of TVI’s Jornal das 8presented by José Alberto Carvalho was transmitted from TVI’s studio via the Vodafone 5G network to the Vodafone Paredes de Coura […]

AR and VR headsets return to growth

Sales of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets saw an upturn in Q1 2019, following a year of decline. According to IDC, shipments of the headsets reached 1.3 million, up 27.2% from the same quarter last year.  This growth is thanks to a surge in shipments of standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) and tethered […]

ProSiebenSat.1 takes stake in VR outfit

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has taken a 20% stake in local-based virtual reality experience provider Holodeck VR. Holodeck focuses on providing VR experiences around events and public buildings. The Nuremburg-based company currently provides experiences at seven locations but plans to increase this to around 350 over the next three years. ProSiebenSat.1 plans to increase distribution […]

Mediapro acquires VR specialist Visyon

Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro has acquired local Catalan VR specialist Visyon. Visyon was founded in 2012 and has been working on immersive technology solutions including virtual, augmented and mixed reality. The company currently employs 70 full-time staff, mostly at the main Barcelona headquarters, and has offices in Madrid, London, Dubai, as well as a […]

Facebook’s VR head is stepping down from his role

Hugo Barra, the vice president of Oculus VR at Facebook, is leaving his role to focus on building a “global AR/VR partner ecosystem” at the company. Barra, who joined Facebook from Chinese electronics company Xiaomi in January 2017, will be succeeded in the position by Erick Tseng, Facebook’s current product management director. This reshuffle coincides […]

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