The BBC have launced a VR app called Taster VR which is now free to download on both Android and iOS platforms. For now there is not much available but expect that to change pretty quicky over the coming months… Also on the app there is a trailer for upcoming BBC Three feature-length documentary One Deadly Weekend in America. If you are into VR and especially Planet Earth you are in for a treat.. Having tried it out for a little bit it seems pretty good so far and I will look forward to more VR content which will follow in the coming weeks..
Andy Conroy, Controller of BBC Research and Development, says: “BBC Taster VR will be a fantastic showcase for some brilliant new commissions, as well as some new takes on some of the best BBC Taster VR experiences to date. It gives audiences cutting-edge mobile VR experiences from the BBC and, crucially, gives our editorial and technical teams even greater insight.”
Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three says “Since moving online, BBC Three has already delivered best in class storytelling, great curation, content which reflects the diversity of the UK, and now it’s time for us to innovate even more. My new role as editorial lead for BBC Taster will help use new technologies to explore a new ways to tell stories that will engage our audience.
“This new VR trailer is a fantastic first step. Using virtual reality it literally puts the audience in the shoes of the victims of gun crime featured in our truly brilliant feature-length documentary, One Deadly Weekend in America. It’s the first time the BBC has ever used VR in this way, and offers a whole new way to engage an audience.”
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