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Samsung Launches New Gear VR Channel for Independent 360 Filmmakers

Electronics giant Samsung has placed a big focus on virtual reality (VR) video since the launch of its Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD) last year. The company’s Milk VR app offers a wide range of 360 degree footage for users to watch, with content coming from a number of partners across multiple industries. Today, Samsung is announcing a brand new Milk VR channel that will enable independent filmmakers to release their own VR content onto the device. That channel is named Gear Indie.

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Gear Indie aims to deliver content exclusively from independent filmmakers. Over the course of this week Samsung plans to release a total of 10 videos onto the service, with new videos being delivered on a weekly basis after this. On top of the launch, the company is also hosting a series of content creation challenges, searching for new experiences for the channel. These challenges will offer filmmakers the chance to work directly with experienced VR professionals.

VR fans are hoping to see a major update to the mobile HMD later on this week as Samsung hosts its second Unpacked press conference of the year on 13th August in New York City. It’s heavily rumoured that the company will reveal its next enlarged smartphone, the Galaxy Note 5, at the show. The handset looks to succeed the Galaxy Note 4, which was the first of Samsung’s smartphones to support the Gear VR. It’s thought that the new phone might be the first to support the consumer version of the device, which has been promised by co-creator Oculus VR for later this year.

It’s not clear what improvements the consumer version of the Gear VR will boast over the original. VRFocus will continue to follow the HMD closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.