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BBC launches new VR app with Damming the Nile VR

Two-part VR documentary series explores the water politics of the River Nile

The BBC has launched Damming the Nile VR, a two-part VR news documentary series exploring the water politics of the River Nile.

Produced by BBC VR Hub and BBC News, the series is available now via a new BBC app on the Oculus Gear VR store.

A BBC statement said: ”Viewers will have enjoyed 360 news pieces from the BBC before, but never like this. The film is in full immersive VR, is stereoscopic and features fully spatialised audio.”

The new app will be the home of high-quality mobile VR experiences from the BBC, with other offerings such as The Turning Forest, Bloodhound, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel and Himalayas: A Trek to School launching in 2018.

Alastair Leithead, BBC Africa Correspondent, said: “As a foreign correspondent, my job is to introduce people to new and fascinating places, challenge stereotypes and explain how countries are growing and changing.

“VR means films like Damming the Nile VR can actually take our audiences there so they can see it for themselves. Once you put on a headset and enter the virtual world, you come with us on assignment to Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to explore their issues up close, and understand the politics of the Nile through a unique new perspective.”