Sky releases VR app for iOS, Android and Oculus
The release of the new app will be accompanied by 22 pieces of VR content
Sky has launched a free virtual reality app for iOS, Android and Oculus that features a library of 360-degree video segments, including red carpet Star Wars coverage and clips from Disney’s The Jungle Book.
At launch, the Sky VR app will offer 22 different pieces of 360-degree video content, promising a total of 30 by the end of the month, from Sky, Disney, Fox Innovation Lab (The Martian Sneak Peek), Warner Brothers (Suicide Squad: Squad 360), Baobab Studios (Invasion), Jaunt (Paul McCartney: Dance Tonight), Innerspace and Surround Vision.
The broadcaster is using the debut of Sky VR to launch Sky Sports: Closer, with David Beckham, and a performance from English National Ballet’s production of Giselle that will become available later this month. The latter example is the first of a series of exclusives for the new VR platform, Sky said.
The app launch comes about seven months after Sky launched a VR content initiative and the Sky VR Studio division. Sky is also part of a group backing VR camera and production startup Jaunt.
The Sky VR app for smartphones works in conjunction with a Google Cardboard viewer, the Samsung Gear VR (with compatible smartphones), and the Oculus Rift. Consumers can also watch the 2D version of the app’s 360-degree video without a headset.