BBC Studios

Virtual Reality – The Future of TV?

The pace of change in digital media is astounding – when the BBC started making the world’s first regular public television broadcasts in 1936, there were only about 20,000 TV sets capable of receiving the programming – today, more than 20,000 smartphones will be sold around the world in the next 10 minutes.

The BBC have been at the cutting edge of media technology since 1922 (colour TV was considered a new hi-tech platform of the future when it first came out) and we are always looking for ways to create new types of content and deliver it in new ways.

Filmed with cutting edge 360 cameras the viewer is able to take a tour of the different departments that help to make a live news broadcast, viewers get to see the news floor the live gallery the weather department, as well as watch Fiona Bruce do a 10 o’clock news bulletin.

“It is very early days for this type of technology (we were using an Oculus Rift developer device as their consumer device has not been released as yet), but virtual reality has the potential to be the next generation platform.” – Cyrus Saihan Head of Business Development at BBC Future Media

To download for Oculus Rift:

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/internetblog/bbc_news_rift_2k_osx.zip