Facebook maybe a social network giant but its involved in many more avenues than that, and now it seems the company is looking at creating both long-form and shorter bite sized shows for audiences that could include a virtual reality (VR) dating programme.
According to a Business Insider report, Facebook will be unveiling a slate of around a dozen shows in June, some of which will be bigger budget items whose production would be similar to Netflix’s “House of Cards” or ABC’s “Scandal”, while the shorter ones would be daily and around ten minutes in length.
Facebook’s recent F8 conference had a heavy VR theme and that has continued into these shows. Its greenlit a VR dating show to be produced by Condé Nast Entertainment in which participants initially meet in VR – a sort of first date – before then going on to meet face to face. Currently further details are being keep decidedly hush hush, so expect further news in the coming weeks.
The company recently held a Q1 earnings call with CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicating it was seeking to create “some anchor content” for Facebook’s new video tab, reports Variety. While CFO David Wehner made further remarks towards these investments, saying: “We are looking at kickstarting an ecosystem for longer-form content on Facebook.”
And Facebook isn’t stopping there. Sports is another avenue the company is keen to expand into. “Sports is probably something that we’ll want to try at some point,” said Zuckerberg in the call.
As further details are released on Facebook’s plans for more VR content, VRFocus will let you know.