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CNN launches dedicated VR news unit, CNNVR

CNN launches dedicated VR news unit, CNNVR

CNN has launched CNNVR, an immersive journalism news unit and virtual reality platform within CNN Digital.

CNNVR has a dedicated team under the leadership of Jason Farkas and will have VR producers in its offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dubai, Johannesburg, Tokyo and Beijing.

The team’s mission is to harness the power of virtual reality and transport the audience inside the stories we tell all around the globe, CNN said in a news release.

CNN documents various types of news in 360-video, including the recent women’s march in Washington DC.

The team will cover major news events in 360-degree video, take users to the front row of global events through VR live streams, and produce weekly virtual reality experiences – the first of which is a journey into the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

CNNVR will make access to its content even easier on every device: CNN’s iOS and Android apps now activates 360-degree video, CNN.com/VR showcases journeys to Indonesia, Tibet, Iraq and more and CNNVR distributes its content to Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift and Google Daydream.

CNNVR, which has been operating in stealth-mode for the last year, has produced more than 50 news stories in high-quality 360-degree video, giving viewers a deeper understanding of the devastation of Aleppo, a front row view of the U.S. Inauguration and a chance to experience the thrill of skydiving. A total of 360 content have generated more than 30 million views on Facebook alone, states the broadcaster.

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