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Nickelodeon develops TV, VR and AR series Meet the Voxels

Nickelodeon is working on an original TV, VR and AR series that will be the network’s first show made with virtual cinema technology – including real-time full body and facial performance capture. Meet the Voxels (working title) is an animated sitcom that will be created using a game engine and is being developed to air across […]

Digital Catapult selects 10 UK companies for VR and AR Augmentor scheme

Ten early-stage VR and AR businesses have been selected to join Digital Catapult’s Augmentor programme, which is designed to accelerate business adoption and investment in the UK immersive sector. The 10 selected companies include: hologram company HoloMe; VR and MR technology firm KageNova; scientific VR platform Lume VR; AI haptic interface company Valkyrie Industries; and […]

Social VR company High Fidelity raises US$35m

High Fidelity, the real-time social virtual reality company set up by Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, has raised US$35 million in Series D funding. The company said it will use the cash to expand research and development, accelerate hiring and open a new office in Seattle as it continues to develop a global infrastructure for […]

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 […]

NextVR to deliver VR NBA Final highlights

Virtual reality platform provider NextVR has partnered with NBA Digital for the second year running to offer on-demand VR game highlights of the 2018 NBA Finals. Fans will be able to access highlights from the NBA Finals channel within the NextVR app the day after each game of the basketball finals. NextVR said that a […]

BBC to run ‘first-come, first-serve’ UHD trial during World Cup

The BBC has announced two “cutting edge” trials that will see it bring this summer’s FIFA World Cup live to viewers in ultra high definition (UHD) and virtual reality (VR). All 29 World Cup matches that the BBC is due to broadcast on BBC One will also be available in UHD and high dynamic range […]

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”. […]

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 […]

Former Discovery VR boss co-founds new VR studio

A new virtual reality (VR) studio co-founded by two former Discovery executives – including the former head of Discovery VR – has launched. Previously in “non-public stealth mode,” San Francisco-based Tomorrow Never Knows describes itself as is a content, technology and research studio. The company was co-founded by former Discovery VR chief, Nathan Brown, and Discovery […]

CCS Insight: 22 million VR and AR headsets to be sold this year

Virtual and augmented reality headsets and glasses will reach sales of 22 million units this year and will grow fivefold to 121 million in 2022, according to CCS Insight. The research firm forecasts that smartphone VR will account for the bulk of the sales volume but dedicated VR devices will drive more revenue. The VR […]

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