Sky releases VR interview with David Beckham

Sky on Friday released a five-minute virtual reality (VR) interview with footballer David Beckham exclusively on Facebook 360. The interview is part of a wider plan by Sky’s newly created VR Studio to produce more than 20 individual VR films this year – covering “major cultural events in news to some of the biggest sporting […]

Facebook hails ‘social presence’ as next stage in VR revolution

Virtual reality can be used to connect people and reinvent social media according to chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer, delivering the Day 2 keynote at Facebook’s F8 event yesterday. “We can build truly immersive experiences…building deep personal connections with people who can be tens or hundreds of mile away,” he said. “When we talk about our […]

Sky Italia taps Viaccess-Orca for VR trial

Sky Italia is tapping Viaccess-Orca, Harmonic and VideoStitch to deliver a virtual reality platform that it is testing to broadcast basketball in a trial that will be showcased at next week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. Segments of the recorded broadcasts from the trial will be shown as part of Viaccess-Orca’s “Virtual Arena” demo during the […]

Nokia launches €55,000 OZO virtual reality camera

Nokia launched its OZO virtual reality camera in Europe at an event in London last night and announced that the device would retail for €55,000. The camera, which is already available in the US priced at US$60,000, is designed to capture “immersive virtual reality experiences” and Nokia announced supporting VR post-production service deals with specialist […]

Sky launches VR studio, first shows released on Facebook 360 tomorrow

Sky has announced a major new commitment to developing virtual reality content, including the creation of a virtual reality studio and the release of its first VR content tomorrow. Sky VR Studio’s first two films, shot during Formula 1 testing in Barcelona, which will transport viewers to the pit lane, into the team garages, and […]

Amazon looks to add VR to Amazon Video

Amazon is working to add a “Virtual Reality experience within Amazon Video”, according to a job ad posted to US recruitment site Glassdoor. The web giant is looking for a senior software development manager to lead its Virtual Reality (VR) team, according to the advert for the California-based post. “Entertainment is evolving rapidly. The future will not […]

Facebook boss predicts 10-year development time for VR ecosystem

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted it will take “at least 10 years” for the Virtual Reality ecosystem to be built out, but said he is confident VR will be an important technology. In an interview for Die Welt newspaper with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of German media group Axel Springer, Zuckerberg likened the rollout of VR […]

VR still faces significant challenges, MWC attendees told

Virtual reality (VR) still faces significant challenges before it becomes a mainstream entertainment offering, according to a panel of VR technology and content providers at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mihai Pohontu, VP emerging platforms, Samsung said that “monetisation opportunities are few” at the moment. “There are not many opportunities for developers to […]

Zuckerberg: 360-degree video and VR will be ‘killer app’ for 5G

Three hundred and sixty degree video and ultimately virtual reality will become mainstream ways of “sharing experiences” that will drive the next wave of mobile network upgrades, according to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, Zuckerberg said that improvements in bandwidth meant that using video was now a […]

Facebook sets up dedicated social VR team

Facebook is setting up a dedicated social VR team and has announced plans to launch its 360-degree video streaming technology on Samsung Gear VR headsets. Outlining its plans on the eve of Mobile World Congress, which kicks off in Barcelona today, Facebook said that its new social VR team will focus entirely on exploring the […]