The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

Jul 6, 2017 · techcrunch.com

Taster vr

The BBC today released a new mobile application that will allow it to experiment with transforming BBC content into VR experiences. The app, called BBC Taster VR, comes from the broadcaster’s testing ground for new ideas, Taster, and uses technology from EEVO to publish videos in a VR format. Initially, Taster VR only offers a couple of projects, one of which is 360 video from the popular nature documentary, Planet Earth II.

In the Planet Earth VR story, David Attenborough guides viewers through six of Planet Earth’s most amazing destinations, explains the BBC Taster website. It also allows viewers to choose their own path through the story.

In addition to interactive 360 degree videos, the broadcaster says it will roll out other projects in the future featuring animated VR, dynamic binaural audio, and branching narratives. The latter is an area Netflix recently delved into, as well, with its launch of "choose-your-own-adventure"- style programing on its service. These videos offer a way for viewers to take control over the narrative, and are the sort of experiences that couldn’t have been offered via traditional TV.

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