A new David Beckham film, Star Wars and clips from Disney’s The Jungle Book have been announced as the launch content for a new virtual reality (VR) app now available from Sky.
The free app is available to all iPhone and Android (5.0 Lollipop or later) smartphone users and works with Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift.
Initial content includes a new Sky Sports: Closer film featuring David Beckham, plus 360-degree videos Star Wars: Red Carpet, Anthony Joshua: Becoming World Champion and clips from Disney’s The Jungle Book.
Later this autumn they’ll be joined by the first in a series of Sky exclusive commissions – a performance from English National Ballet’s production of Giselle ahead of its forthcoming UK tour.
Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content at Sky, commented: “Interest in VR content is building, generating more excitement every day.
“We are just at the beginning of our VR journey at Sky, launching Sky VR studios earlier this year and we are already breaking new ground. Now comes the creative challenge of deploying this immersive experience with engaging story-telling. I am a big believer.”
Stephen Nuttall, Senior Director at Google and YouTube, who worked with Sky on the Beckham film, said: “Great storytelling from Sky, in VR, for free on YouTube, and all accessible through Google Cardboard – a winning combination!
“Whether you’re passionate for sports or Beckham (or both!), this great partnership enables wonderful VR experiences for all to enjoy.”