Gaming may be stealing the show when its comes to virtual reality-based entertainment, but sci-fi drama Kingdom City Drowning is also heading to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift devices in early-2017. The three-part, cinematic series will debut with an episode entitled The Champion, with Lovers in Hell City and The Drugs We Eat Won’t Save Us chunks slated to follow. The theatrical talent includes Kentucker Audley, Amin Joseph and Sofia Banzhaf (Closet Monster).
CNN is taking its Great Big Story social video unit to the Nordics in partnership with Swedish production outfit Storyfire. That will mean northern tales across five video across in the shape of planet earth, frontiers, the human condition, ‘flavours’, and origin. GBS – which CNN reckons reaches 10 million viewers across platforms like YouTube Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Apple TV – has read the metrics for a clutch of videos this year and noted how well they travelled to northern Europe, which is why it headed to Sweden to pick up a partner.
Guardian News & Media has created a virtual reality unit to take advantage of VR’s shift into the mainstream for its journalism and storytelling output. The new team plans to produce an ongoing series of experiential projects, with the publisher making VR part of its strategy to deepen collaboration between its digital, editorial and design teams.
Premier League Manchester City is pushing deeper into immersive football with the launch of its CityVR app to offer fans highlights from a number of league matches in virtual reality. The app, developed by the club with LiveLike, is available as a free download from the Oculus store and can be used with Samsung Gear VR headset to watch games.
Citi is teaming up Live Nation and NextVR to develop a series of up to 10 live virtual reality concerts for the Backstage with Citi project. In addition to bringing audiences select concerts live in VR, the aim is to take fans behind the scenes with the artists as they prepare to hit the stage. The first live concert is slated to launch later this year and will be made available via the Live Nation channel on the NextVR app.
A Twitter shareholder is suing the company over claims that the social networking outfit misled investors on key metrics. The suit maintains that Twitter execs misinformed investors on growth prospects back in November 2014 when they promised a spike in monthly active users to 550 million in what they called the intermediate term and to over 1 billion in the longer term. In mid-2016, Twitter had just 313 million monthly actives.
Going head-to-head with Netflix on original video content doesn’t look to be enough for Amazon which now has its eye on the sporting prize. The online retail behemoth is reportedly looking to snag rights for leading sports events which aren’t already locked into deals with major broadcasters. French Open tennis, golf, car racing and rugby tournaments are possible candidates for the Amazon Prime platform.
Following in the footsteps of Bayern Munich and LA Galaxy, Liverpool FC is bringing virtual reality to the game with the Inside Anfield initiative. More in line with Galaxy’s initiative than with Bayern’s VR broadcasting effort, Liverpool is deploying a raft of 360-degree cameras to deliver a view from inside the dressing room through the eyes of players. Inside Anfield has gone live on the club’s Facebook page .