Television

BBC News invests in VR documentary series

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2018/02/23/bbc.jpg?itok=i3-qdddz

MUMBAI: Hotly tipped as one of the digital trends to look out for in 2018, virtual reality (VR) has made significant steps towards becoming a more integrated offering from BBC News. The BBC is investing in bringing its award-winning journalism to audiences seeking new experiences by launching a VR documentary series.

Produced by BBC News and the BBC VR Hub, Damming the Nile comprises a two-part VR documentary, a half-hour programme on BBC World News and a radio documentary on BBC World Service, as well as video and text on BBC.com. BBC VR Hub is a studio spearheading the VR production at the BBC and exploring how VR can create real audience impact.

With VR at the heart of the production, the documentary follows BBC Africa Correspondent, Alastair Leithead, on a captivating journey along the Nile, exploring the politics and potential impact of Ethiopia’s $4.7 billion hydroelectric dam. Audiences are put in a correspondent’s shoes - through Ethiopia and Sudan, coming to an end at the mouth of the river Nile in Egypt – provoking an unmatched, emotional experience.

To support the viewing of Damming the Nile, the BBC has launched an app on the Oculus Store, where Samsung Gear VR users can access an array of BBC VR content across news, factual and entertainment.

BBC News digital development director James Montgomery said, “We’re committed to looking at ways in which to engage audiences with news, and – for the right project - VR can be an impactful and memorable way of doing our journalism. As an international broadcaster, it’s important for us to develop our storytelling and editing expertise to keep abreast of these rapidly improving technologies." 

Leithead said, “Damming the Nile is a fascinating series exploring the geopolitical struggle for regional power and influence surrounding the world’s longest river. It shows that virtual reality can be used to give a new perspective on world affairs and engage new audiences with world-class BBC News reporting. There’s nothing more exciting than taking the audience on an immersive journey with you.”

The VR series allows audiences to fly high above the river Nile and its waterfalls, explore ancient Sudanese pyramids and take in the spectacular views of Egyptian temples from a hot air balloon before coming back down to earth in chaotic Cairo. Damming the Nile allows audiences to gain a whole new perspective on the conflict surrounding the world’s longest river.

Damming the Nile will be available on the BBC VR Oculus app, bbc.com, BBC News Facebook and BBC News YouTube from 21 February.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/17/atul.jpg?itok=WTNlgJrH
ZEE Announces Attractive Launch Offer on Zee Family Packs, now at Rs. 39* per month

With the new tariff/pricing regime all set to come into effect from February 01, 2019 ZEE, the No. 1 television network of the country, announces attractive launch offers for its consumers. Zee family packs will be available for Rs. 39* only. This special launch offer has been devised for consumers...

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/17/chopra.jpg?itok=7oVlfmU9
Viacom18 introduces VIACUBS - a day care facility for employees' children

In continuation of its gender inclusive policies such as a 36-weeks maternity leave and flexible work arrangement, Viacom18 today announces the launch of Viacubs – a child day-care service for Viacom18 employees. Viacubs is a part of Viacom18’s WAVE initiative which focusses on safety, wellness,...

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/17/shaurya-mehta.jpg?itok=Kyr3wOqF
Privé Unscripted to offer thought-provoking content from BBC

ZEEL’s premium English movie channel - &PrivéHD - is all set to telecast its new offering from the BBC library- Privé Unscripted. It brings not just movies inspired by real life but life itself showcased in all its raw and unscripted glory. The content from ZEEL’s association with BBC Studios,...

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/17/palia.jpg?itok=N9_9Ii3e
MTV to up its game in 2019 with new format shows

After claiming to have doubled its viewership in 2018, MTV is all set to up its game by launching the eighth season of MTV Unplugged, a singing show, on 26 January, 8 pm onwards. Royal Stag Barrel Select and MTV have collaborated to present the program.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/17/graph.jpg?itok=xdrIJAzs
Hindi Movies most benefited genre in Chrome DM week 2

With a growth of 0.93 per cent as compared to last week (1), the Hindi movies genre marked the highest opportunity to see (OTS) among all categories in week 2 of Chrome Data Analytics & Media. In the Hindi ovies genre, Rishtey Cineplex gained the highest OTS with 95.1 per cent in HSM excluding...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/16/volley.jpg?itok=8Qd7RBy4
Pro Volleyball League players present Mumbai team jersey to Sunil Gavaskar

Pro Volleyball League stars Mohan Ukkrapandian from Kochi Blue Spikets (L) and Ranjit Singh from Ahmedabad Defenders (R) present the official UMumba jersey to Mumbaikar and cricketing legend, Sunil Gavaskar, who is a panellist on Sony Pictures Networks India’s live studio show, Extraaa Innings.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/16/nikhil.jpg?itok=NLbJtsSq
Nikhil Sangha’s Happy Anniversary has a powerful social message for all

While January 24 is observed as the National Girl Child Day across India, Nikhil Sangha’s short film ‘Happy Anniversary’ has a delicate yet poignant message for us all.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/16/vestil.jpg?itok=Wzy1A7Ba
Vestel Releases First CASTVs with Integrated Broadcast Pay TV Services

AMSTERDAM: Home appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer, Vestel has launched the first TVs which allow consumers to access premium pay TV services directly through their TVs without the need for a separate set-top box (STB), CI CAM or any other external device. The 43” UHD CASTV will be...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/16/dev.jpg?itok=WQ2-MW3W
Disney’s Marvel HQ to offer fresh content

The Walt Disney Company India is making some changes to its newly renamed channel Marvel HQ. To attract viewers, the chanel will undergo a content change. The channel aims to transport viewers into the world of epic storytelling told through inspiring characters and will reach out to kids 9+ (boys...

Television TV Channels Kids

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories