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 broadcasters testing ground for new ideas, Taster, and uses technology from EEVO to publish videos in a VR format. Initially, Taster VR merely 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 Earths most amazing destinations, explains the BBC Taster website. It also lets viewers to opt 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 narrations. The latter is an region Netflix recently delved into, as well, with its launch of choose-your-own-adventure- style programing on its service. These videos offer a style for spectators to take control over the narrative, and are the kind of experiences that couldnt have been offered via traditional TV.
The only other piece of content in the new Taster VR app at launch is a trailer for the upcoming BBC Three feature-length documentary, One Deadly Weekend in America, which focuses on gun crime. This trailer was developed by BBC Three in collaboration with VR studio, Parable VR.
With the launch of the new app, BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh will also now serve as editorial leading for BBC Taster going forward, the broadcaster says a role which will see him working in close collaboration with BBCs Research& Development arm.