US Democratic Debates to be Live Streamed in VR by CNN

For those keen on US politics and virtual reality (VR), CNN will be live streaming the Democratic presidential debate in VR next month. CNN are collaborating with NextVR so that owners of the Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) can view the debates through NextVR’s portal on the Oculus Store.

With the live stream taking place on 13th October 2015, CNN says viewers will be getting a front row seat, from an audience members viewpoint, enabling users to “hold a gaze on a particular candidate, catch off-screen interactions, and more,” writes The Verge.

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CNN has already been experimenting in VR by recording the Republican presidential debates earlier this month, but it’ll be the first time the news station has live streamed in VR. And while not many people currently have access to a Gear VR that situation will be improving with the launch of the official consumer version in November for $99 USD.

NextVR is currently making a name for itself as a live streaming pioneer, as so far this year the company partnered with FOX Sports to bring viewers golfing championship, the US Open and NASCAR. And last week the VR company teamed up with Oculus VR to live stream the keynote speech’s from Oculus Connect 2 in Los Angeles, California.

VRFocus will continue to follow the latest VR projects by NextVR and report back any further announcements.

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