Hulu’s standalone virtual reality application Hulu VR came to Gear VR first, and moved on to Oculus’ Rift headset in June of this year. The app gave viewers the ability to watch TV shows in themed “viewing rooms”, such as Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, helping to enhance the experience of watching content on a projected screen. Many users came away very impressed with both implementations of the app, but were left begging for more content. Now, Hulu has decided to create 2 new shows crafted for the sole purpose of being viewed on virtual reality headsets.
The Big Picture: News in Virtual Reality is a collaboration with The Huntington Post’s Ryot Studios. Hulu has committed to air 10 episodes of the program, but will likely renew it if the feedback is positive. The show is supposed to be very similar to a daily news show experience, but we’re thinking it will take cues from programs like “John Oliver” or “The Daily Show” to keep users hooked. It will be pretty interesting to see how the company decides to integrate the VR aspect into the experience, so stay tuned for this one.
The second title, titled Virtually Mike and Nora will be a comedy segment featuring The Office‘s Nora Kirkpatrick along with Mike O’Brian. Users will apparently be able to become completely immersed in the comedy show, which should have a completely different feel than just watching sketches online.
Nora Kirkpatrick had this to say about the upcoming show:
I think we’ve come up with a way to break down the wall between performer and audience member, and explore comedy in 360 degrees.
The segment has been scheduled to run for 5 episodes, but just like The Big Picture, may be renewed for additional episodes in the future.
Are you excited to check out either of these experiences? While Hulu has not set an official release date specifying when you can view the content, we’re sure it is coming very soon.