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Virtual Reality Among Olympics-Related Media Options

Virtual Reality Among Olympics-Related Media Options
Virtual reality (VR) apps, an online video series from Comcast’s NBC Universal and Fandango in which Olympics athletes talk about the movies that have inspired them, and an online video series featuring Olympians and YouTube personality Flula Borg are just a few of the case study examples of Olympics-themed content that have been curated by Berlin-based research and consulting company Vast Media.

“Vive Rio: Heroinas” is a VR app from Spanish pubcaster RTVE Lab and Madrid communications company inMediaStudio that launched July 20. It provides viewers with a 360-degree peak at how some of Spain’s top female athletes train for the Olympics. It’s available for Android and iOS mobile devices, as well as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR headsets. […]

Virtual Reality Creates New Broadcast Opportunities

Virtual Reality Creates New Broadcast Opportunities
Virtual reality is gaining momentum. While some years ago, the technology still seemed futuristic and inaccessible to consumers, VR has come a long way and is starting to enter our living rooms. Thanks to a range of new and upcoming headsets, the technology is officially a trend, and no longer reserved for technology freaks and experts.

At the end of January, Google for the first time revealed some numbers around the adoption rate of its Cardboard, the low-cost DIY headset that turns nearly any phone into a VR viewer: since its introduction in 2014, 5 million of these devices have been shipped and users downloaded more than 25 million Google Cardboard apps from the company’s Play Store. Ten million of these downloads occurred between October and December 2015 alone, according to Google’s company blog, indicating a clearly growing interest in VR. […]