Those that follow the virtual reality (VR) industry closely will be aware that the BBC has already tested the waters with the technology. Last year saw the organisation partner with BDH to release War of Words VR, a smartphone app that visualised the poem ‘The Kiss’ by Siegfried Sassoon using a Google Cardboard head-mounted display (HMD). It’s a first step into a new world of opportunities for the BBC, and more may well be one the way.
As reported by Digital Spy, BBC chief technology officer Matthew Postgate recently suggested that the broadcaster could be working with VR in the future. “We will increasingly use the internet to deliver programs and services to you in the future – whether that’s to the big screen in the living room, or the smartphones and tablets scattered over the house,” Postgate said.
“This opens the door to entirely new forms of content that are much more data-intensive than audio or video – things like Ultra HD or virtual reality, for example.”
VR video is fast becoming a major proposition for the technology, with Oculus Rift creator Oculus VR announcing its own movie division in Oculus Story Studio while others deliver sports broadcasting and more in 360 degrees. Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro has even stated that he would support a sequel to his 2013 blockbuster that was shot for VR. The future looks bright for VR video, then, and the BBC could be leading that charge.
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