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Virtual Reality Industry Forum launches

The Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF) has assembled to help ‘push widespread adoption’ of VR.

Founding members include Akamai Technologies, ARRIS International, b<>com, Baylor University, CableLabs, Cinova Media, Dolby Laboratories, DTG, DTS, EBU, Ericsson, Fraunhofer, Harmonic, Huawei, Intel, Irdeto, Ittiam, MovieLabs, NABPILOT, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Technicolor, TNO, Sky, Sony Pictures, Vantrix, Verizon, Viaccess-Orca and Orah.

The VRIF has been formed following a series of meetings throughout 2016 in which the group investigated ways to set industry standards for an ‘interoperable, end-to-end ecosystem presenting high-quality audio-visual VR services.’

“We hope to ensure that the VR industry avoids the fragmentation of standards and formats that has plagued audio-visual media in the past,” said David Price, vice president of business development at Ericsson.

“We expect that many of those involved in the original informal discussions will join VRIF shortly.”