Virtual reality

Disney, Sky and ProSiebenSat.1 invest in VR firm Jaunt

Disney has led a new US$65 million (€58 million) funding round in cinematic virtual reality (VR) firm Jaunt, with Sky also upping its investment in the firm and ProSiebenSat.1 coming on board as an investor. The Walt Disney Company led the Series C funding round alongside Evolution Media Partners, TPG Growth and Participant Media, and […]

Nos claims world first with VR broadcast of FC Porto vs Benfica

Portuguese cable and pay TV operator Nos has teamed up with Samsung and Sport TV to broadcast a football match in virtual reality. Viewers equipped with Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets were able to watch the match between FC Porto and Benfica at the Estádio do Dragão yesterday in the format. Nos claimed a […]

Virtual reality to be ‘much more significant than 3D’, says ARM exec

Virtual reality will play a “much more significant role in the future than 3D”, according to Mark Dickinson, senior vice-president and and general manager, media processing group, at chipmaker ARM. Speaking at IBC this morning, Dickinson said it is still unclear how VR will evolve, but predicted it would have a “strong role in gaming” […]

MTV partners with IM360 for VMA virtual reality

MTV in the US has partnered with immersive video firm IM360 to broadcast 360-degree, virtual reality video from this weekend’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) in Los Angeles. Viewers on desktops can click with their mouse to get 360 degree views from the red carpet. Mobile users can download the IM360 app to get the same […]

YouTube adds 360-degree video to Google Cardboard VR initiative

YouTube has added 360-degree video support to parent company Google’s virtual reality offering, Google Cardboard. Announcing the rollout, YouTube said that all of the service’s 360-degree content is now available on Google Cardboard, providing a “truly immersive experience”. Google Cardboard is an initiative that lets viewers place their phone in a folded cardboard holder that […]

Arte makes cross-platform virtual reality show

A new cross media experience about the Arctic region and the impact of global warming is coming to screens, combining TV, web and virtual reality elements and blending adventure, science and arts. Entitled Polar Sea 360, this project produced by Canadian companies Primitive Entertainment and Deep Inc., will start airing on November 29 on Arte, […]

BSkyB invests in virtual reality cinema specialist

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has made an equity investment of US$400,000 (€300,000) in US-based virtual reality cinema startup Jaunt. The investment in the Palo Alto, California-based company follows a US$350,000 equity investment made by Sky during an earlier round of funding in December 2013. Jaunt announced its US$6.8 million funding round in April, including […]

BBC trials virtual reality technology

The BBC has started to trial immersive video experiences in its first experiments with virtual reality technology. Discussing the move, BBC Future Media’s head of business development Cyrus Saihan said the BBC had tested the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to see if viewers could experience a programme “as if they were actually there in […]

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