Orange ventures unit invests in VR firm

Orange’s investment arm Orange Digital Ventures has take stake in four more tech firms, including a specialist in video-hosting for virtual-reality services. Orange Digital Ventures is investing in Wevr, a supplier of a video hosting platform for VR programming, designed to enable content creators to distribute and make money from their VR experiences. Content hosted […]

Syfy orders linear, digital and virtual reality series

Pay TV net Syfy has ordered Halcyon, a futuristic cop drama that will go out on its linear channel, online and as an immersive virtual reality experience. It will be made by next-generation studio Secret Location, which is based in Toronto and counts eOne among its investors. The shortform show was commissioned for the Syfy […]

Amazon launches 3D game engine with Twitch integration

Amazon’s cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has launched a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine called Amazon Lumberyard. The new platform is designed to let developers create games, connect their games to the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch – the video platform and community for videogame enthusiasts that Amazon acquired for US$970 […]

Sky to launch 360-degree video on Facebook

Sky has started producing 360-degree videos and will use Facebook as a distribution platform for this content, according to Sky’s MD of content Gary Davey. Speaking at a Royal Television Society event in London last night, Davey said that Sky has started producing some “really interesting” Virtual Reality (VR) content and filmed something “just the other […]

Virtual Reality content to hit US$8.3 billion by 2020

Total global spend on virtual reality (VR) video and games content will reach US$8.3 billion (€7.4 billion) by 2020, up from just US$79 million in 2016 according to Futuresource Consulting. The research firm said that while VR is still “very much in the ‘innovation’ stage”, this will start to change in the coming months as […]

Barcroft makes virtual reality moves

Barcroft Media has struck two virtual reality deals, marking the UK-based content company’s first moves in the growing VR sector. Barcroft, which makes content for its own suite of YouTube channels, and makes factual TV shows, has teamed with Jaunt, the VR firm that counts Disney, ProSiebenSat.1 and Sky among its investors. The pair will […]

Facebook looks to dedicated video offering

Facebook is looking to launch a dedicated video offering as engagement with video content on the service continues to grow.    Speaking on the company’s fourth quarter a full year earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that 100 million hours of video are now watched each day on Facebook, while COO Sheryl Sandberg said that […]

Report: Apple hires VR expert

Apple has reportedly hired computer science professor and virtual reality expert Doug Bowman, in a bid to compete in the nascent VR space. According to a Financial Times report, Bowman recently joined Apple after taking a sabbatical from Virginia Tech, where he was director of the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction. Virginia Tech lists Bowman as […]

VR and AR investment reaches US$686m in 2015

Augmented and Virtual Reality deals accounted for US$686 million of investments in 2015, according to new research. The Digi-Capital report said there has now been six straight quarters of AR and VR investment growth with US$250 million invested in Q4 2015 alone – a nearly six-fold increase on the rate of investment in mid-2014. The study claims that […]

Arte launches Virtual Reality TV app

French cultural network Arte has launched a new virtual reality and immersive TV app. More than one year after making its first VR move with immersive cross-media doc series Polar Sea, about the Northwest Passage of Swedish ship Dax, Arte has again teamed up with Canadian multi-platform producer Deep Inc. to launch new mobile app Arte360. Available […]