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Virtual Reality Storytelling

Virtual Reality Storytelling

Spotlight on selected immersive experiences: how broadcasters, brands and filmmakers embrace VR

2016 may be called the Year Zero for bringing virtual reality into consumers’ living rooms. The virtual reality market has picked up speed over the past year and VR has become more accessible to mainstream audiences. VR devices across various price-points are now available on the market, which enables broadcasters, media companies and brands to make use of the versatile possibilities VR experiences offer. Hence, virtual reality has become a popular means to tell stories and bring the world closer to audiences. […]

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Chat about chatbots – a new engagement tool for broadcasters

Over the past two years, artificial intelligence systems and automation technologies have become increasingly popular tools for enhancing sales, marketing and customer services.

Chatbots in particular have gained immense popularity in 2016 and numerous companies and brands have launched their own bots in order to enhance their services and engage with customers.

Although not yet as widely discussed as another quickly evolving technology – virtual reality – chatbots may influence the future of not only brands but also entertainment.

Media companies and broadcasters can benefit from the use of chatbots, and the new experiences they enable, as well. Over the past few months, they have already begun to dip their toes into chatbot waters, illustrating the potential this technology offers and how it presents a new way to extend the content offer and drive fan engagement.

Whether chatbots really evolve into a useful, value-adding technology for the TV industry remains to be seen. But some TV and production companies are already putting them to work. We put together some pioneering chatbot examples, covering possibilities for formats and drama series, which might pave the way for future best practices. […]

Virtual Reality game for “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here”

Virtual Reality game for "I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here"
RTL and cookie company Bahlsen released a branded virtual reality game

On January 13th, reality game show “Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus!” (the German adaptation of “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!”) returned to RTL for its 11th season. For the sixth consecutive year, cookie company Bahlsen and its brand PiCK UP! are also on board as the show’s main brand partner. For the latest season, the brand integration extends to a new virtual reality (VR) game that launched on January 10th for iOS and Android. In the ‘Dschungel VR-Game’, users can take the ‘PiCK UP! Dschungelprüfung’ (PiCK UP! Bush tucker trial). In addition, the brand launched a show-themed sweepstakes. […]

Virtual Reality Round-Up: Star Trek, 24: Legacy, Golden Globes

Virtual Reality Round-Up: Star Trek, 24: Legacy, Golden Globes
Here’s a run-down of recent virtual reality-related entertainment items, via Berlin-based research and consulting company VAST MEDIA.

  • For the 2017 Golden Globes, entertainment network E! News showed off its “E! Live 360″ experience, which included coverage of both the red carpet and the awards themselves. The experience allowed users to pick where on the red carpet they wanted to be, and was hosted by the network’s Will Marfuggi. Available for both iOS and Android devices, the experience also included a social media monitor, asking viewers to weigh in on Twitter.  […]

Virtual Reality Round-Up: Moon Landings, Award Shows and Amazon

Virtual Reality Round-Up: Moon Landings, Award Shows and Amazon
Here’s a run-down of recent rirtual reality-related entertainment items via Berlin-based research and consulting company VAST MEDIA.

  • A&E and VR production company VOKE teamed up Dec. 11 to broadcast the 22nd annual “Critic’s Choice Awards” live in virtual reality, with both the red carpet event and awards show available for owners of the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. The virtual reality presentation offered viewers the ability to switch between camera angles during the event. On the dedicated VR headsets, the experience required owners of the Rift and Gear VR to download the VOKE VR app, however A&E made sure smartphone owners and online viewers could watch a 360-degree version via its app.

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El Chema: Escape from prison in Telemundo’s VR experience

El Chema: Escape from prison in Telemundo's VR experience
To excite for the new drama series “El Chema”, Telemundo launched an exclusive 360°/VR experience called ‘The Chema: A 360 Escape’. The experience allows viewers to undertake a tunnel escape from prison just like the series’ central character Chema Vengas, who is also known as El Chema. The series “El Chema” premiered on December 6th, and is a spin-off of the popular crime drama “El Señor de los Cielos”. […]

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Víctor Ros: An inside look at RTVE’s transmedia universe

Víctor Ros: An inside look at RTVE's transmedia universe
On November 3rd, Spanish broadcaster RTVE premiered a second season of detective miniseries “Víctor Ros”, which is based on a series of novels by Jerónimo Tristante. For the second season, RTVE created a new transmedia universe to engage viewers. The offer, which is available at the RTVE website, included a video blog by one of the new characters of the second season, weekly interactive videos in which they are interrogated by Víctor Ros and his companions, and, if they are successful in the interrogation, exclusive additional content about the series. […]

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C21Media’s FutureMedia: VAST MEDIA talk about marketing Mr. Robot and host the panel “Social Etiquette”

C21Media's FutureMedia: VAST MEDIA talks about marketing Mr. Robot and host the panel "Social Etiquette"

Attending C21Media’s FutureMedia? Don’t Miss Our Two Sessions:
Marketing Mr. Robot
Social Etiquette

C21Media is hosting their annual FutureMedia conference on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Picturehouse Central in the heart of London’s West End.
VAST MEDIA will present a case study on Mr. Robot’s marketing initiatives and host the panel “Social Etiquette”, which will focus on original storytelling through social platforms. […]

Virtual Reality Round-Up: MTV, Discovery Tackle VR in Different Ways – compiled by MESA

Virtual Reality Round-Up: MTV, Discovery Tackle VR in Different Ways – compiled by MESA
Here’s a run-down of recent virtual reality-related entertainment items via Berlin-based research and consulting company VAST MEDIA.

Before the Nov. 8 election, MTV and Viacom NEXT launched the virtual reality art show “Open Your Eyes”, which featured digital art that had been created using Google’s 3D painting program Tilt Brush. Part of MTV’s “Elect This” campaign, many of the experiences had a political bent, covering gun control, rape culture and racism. The 3D models are showcased on VR and 3D publishing platform Sketchfab, which can be viewed on Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard. […]

Narcos, Discover Westworld & Virtual Democracy Plaza: Today’s best digital activations

Narcos, Discover Westworld & Virtual Democracy Plaza: Today's best digital activations
How to speak like Pablo Escobar and more, in the latest & best online activations of TV shows!

Narcos: Speak Spanish Like El Patrón (Netflix, USA)

On September 5, 2016, shortly after it released the second season of its hit drama “Narcos”, Netflix teamed up with online language learning platform Babbel to help viewers and fans improve their Spanish. Under the slogan ‘Speak Spanish Like El Patrón’, a free demo has been released on Babbel. It teaches fans some of the terms used in the show with the help of real dialogues. The lesson, consisting of five parts, is available in six languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Swedish and Portuguese, and uses original photo and audio material from the show. It is promoted over Netflix and Babbel’s social media accounts, and has its own hashtag in different languages. […]