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BBC launches VR app

App is available for free on both Android and iOS

The BBC has launched a new VR app for free on both Android and iOS – which is also available outside of the UK.

The at-launch content includes 360-degree video from Planet Earth II. The corporation says it plans to release animated VR, interactive 360-degree videos, dynamic binaural audio and branching narratives, which let users decide where to take the story.

The app comes from the broadcaster’s testing ground for new ideas, Taster, and uses technology from EEVO to publish videos in a VR format.

Andy Conroy, controller of BBC research and development, said: “BBC Taster VR will be a fantastic showcase for some brilliant new commissions, as well as some new takes on some of the best BBC Taster VR experiences to date.

“It gives audiences cutting-edge mobile VR experiences from the BBC and, crucially, gives our editorial and technical teams even greater insight.”

Damian Kavanagh, controller, BBC Three added: “Since moving online, BBC Three has already delivered best in class storytelling, great curation, content which reflects the diversity of the UK, and now it’s time for us to innovate even more.

“My new role as editorial lead for BBC Taster will help use new technologies to explore a new ways to tell stories that will engage our audience.”