While creators have been grappling with ways to use virtual reality as storytelling tool, but the technology has been effectively used to put audience in the mix of live events, from concerts to sports. Now, Hong Kong-based Digital Domain Holdings Limited is bringing 360-degree video to world of television journalism.
Digital Domain Holdings, the parent company of Playa Vista, Ca.-based VFX company Digital Domain 3.0, announced today that has partnered with Taiwan’s CTi TV to launch a 360 live news streaming application, Be Po TV.
Drawing on 27 patented technologies, Be PO TV will broadcast live events from the field without any post-production.
At today’s press conference Be PO TV announcing at CTi TV’s headquarters in Hong Kong, Digital Domain’s demonstrated its 360 degree panoramic view live news technology with a live stream from Kaohsiung Chengcing Lake Baseball Stadium featuring a dance routine and an appearance by members of the Taiwanese baseball team EDA Rhino. Digital Domain also showcased the CG rendered experimental short film “Evolution of Verse.”
Digital Domain Holdings owns a controlling stake in virtual reality content studio IM360, a co-venture it launched with Canadian VR tech firm Immersive Media (IMV) in April 2015. In December, the company purchased a 53.9% stake in IMV for $38.9 million, adding to the 12.8% of IMV it owned through an earlier strategic investment.