Hulu Expands Virtual Reality App Support to Oculus Rift Headsets

Posted Wed Jun 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM PDT by
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Oculus Rift owners can now access the Hulu VR app.    

Hulu has announced the release of its Virtual Reality app for the Oculus Rift. The Hulu VR app previously launched on the Samsung Gear VR.

With the Hulu VR app, Oculus Rift users can now enjoy Hulu content through an immersive virtual reality experience. The app includes access to a growing collection of 360 degree videos and exclusive VR content, placing audiences right in the middle of the action. Currently the app offers more than 30 pieces of exclusive and premium content from Baobab Studios, Discovery Communications, Las Vegas, The National Geographic Channel, RYOT, Showtime Networks, SilVR Thread, Spoke, Studio Transcendent, The Uprising Creative and Viacom with or without a subscription. Likewise, the library includes Hulu's first original VR short film, 'The Big One.' The short was produced through a partnership with Lionsgate and invites users to witness a meteor shower that soon turns into an apocalyptic nightmare. 

Finally, the Hulu VR app also lets users watch the company's entire 2D library of content in 360 immersive virtual environments -- allowing viewers to watch programming in settings like a comfortable living room, a big screen theater, or a scenic beach. In addition, fans of the SyFy series, '12 Monkeys,' can now watch the entire first season in a virtual space designed to look like the show's Temporal Facility. 

The Oculus Rift is now available for $599. New orders are expected to ship in August. Beyond the Oculus Rift, the Hulu VR app is also available through the Samsung Gear VR. The Gear VR is a virtual reality headset that weighs just 318g and offers an FOV of 96 degrees. Gear VR currently works in conjunction with Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, using each device's super AMOLED display to help create an immersive VR experience. Suggested retail price for the Gear VR is $99.

Source: Hulu 

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