Oculus Unveils Virtual Reality Headset for Consumers
Oculus unveiled the consumer version of its Oculus Rift headset at a press event in San Francisco Thursday. “Oculus Rift is going to deliver the magic of presence,” said Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. “For the first time, we will finally be inside the game. This is going to change everything.”
Oculus VR announces surprise partnership with Microsoft
The Oculus Rift will ship with a Microsoft Xbox One wireless controller, and will work natively with Windows 10.
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Opinions & Analysis
Yael Stone on ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Competing as Drama: I ‘Revel in Our Rebel Status’
Yael Stone plays Lorna Morello on “Orange Is the New Black,” a character who is deep-down a good-natured person, even if she proves why we can’t believe everything a criminal tells us. Going into season three, where we find Lorna paying the price for showing Miss Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat) some mercy, Stone talks character development, Emmy nominations and how she accidentally managed to say “Christopher” just like Drea de Matteo did on “The Sopranos.”
AT&T CEO: “Half of our mobile network traffic is video”
Growing a global network isn’t easy. Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s CEO, explains why streaming video keeps him up at night — and shares the tech he thinks can fix it.
How Many TV Series Can Your Brain Take?
“Game of Thrones” fan Travis Stevens experienced a familiar mix of feelings while watching the most recent episode of the HBO fantasy series: dread (during the horrific death of a young character), exhilaration (when a screaming dragon swooped in) and low-level confusion (Who in the heck was that creep in armor that budding assassin Arya Stark was stalking?)
CMO Today: The Ad Tech Funding Drought
AD TECH CASH GETS TIGHT: For a long time, the advertising technology sector had the feel of a boom that was never going to end, as venture capital funding was easy to come by for anybody boasting an ad platform — be it a scientific-sounding data offering or a mysterious marketing algorithm.
How Oculus Plans to Fix One of VR’s Biggest Problems
You’re in an unfamiliar world. You turn right and see lush vegetation. Turn left, and you spy an adorable woodland creature. You reach out to pet it — and nothing happens. Your arms stay limp at your side. You wonder if you have arms at all. Then you remember that the world is virtual, and the headset that brought you there is strictly look, don’t touch.
Streaming Video News
Nickelodeon Launches Roku App
Nickelodeon, the kids’ cable network owned by Viacom, has launched an app on Roku players and TV models in the U.S. — but most of the content in the service is available only to pay-TV subscribers.
Joan Lunden Launches Internet-Video Channel Focused on Breast Cancer
Joan Lunden, former host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and a breast-cancer survivor, has launched an online subscription-video network dedicated to providing information on the disease and fostering a community for women who are fighting breast cancer.
‘Entourage’ Meets ‘Mean Girls’ in Chinese Online TV Drama Set in Hollywood, Beijing
A Chinese production company is looking to inject a dose of girl power into an upcoming show about life in the male-dominated film industry. Female-driven web TV drama The Circle is set in Beijing and Hollywood.
Amazon Studios to Premiere Comedy ‘Catastrophe’ on Facebook
Instead of debuting the Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan series on its own video platform, Amazon will stream the pilot on its Facebook page. The first episode of the half-hour series will be exclusive to Facebook for a 48-hour period beginning June 15 at 4 p.m. PT.
How to Turn Vine Videos into Money
The most popular Vine stars can make as much as half a million dollars a year. They’re becoming the new age of celebrity endorsements for millennials through six-second videos.
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Gets Early Release — Six Hours Ahead of Schedule
When Netflix granted an early release of the highly anticipated third season of “Orange Is the New Black” last night, it felt as if commissary goodies just started raining down from the heavens
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Lori Loughlin’s Daughter is a YouTube Star?!
Lori Loughlin, famous for her role as Becky on Full House, has a daughter named Olivia Jade, who aims to be the next beauty star on YouTube!
Hulu Is Creating ‘Seinfeld’ Real-World NYC Apartment
Hulu will construct a real-world version of Jerry Seinfeld’s iconic Upper West Side apartment as part of promoting the streaming service’s multimillion-dollar pickup of all nine seasons of “Seinfeld,” set to launch on the SVOD service June 24.
Sex, robots, and virtual reality — the future is now
We might not have hover boards, but virtual-reality-wielding sex robots are right around the corner.
Oculus Unveils Rift Headset and Prototype Touch Hand Controls
Oculus, the Facebook FB +0.13%-owned virtual reality company, is pitching its first actual consumer product as a machine built for gamers. On Thursday morning, Oculus offered brief details on the technology built into its Rift consumer headset. Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus, said that Rift will go on sale in the first quarter of next year.
CMO Today: Murdoch Passes the Torch
MURDOCH STEPS BACK: There are some father-son moments that really warm the heart, like playing catch, teaching how to shave, and handing over a multibillion dollar entertainment empire. WSJ reports that Rupert Murdoch will step down as CEO of 21st Century Fox, handing that title to son James Murdoch while elder son Lachlan Murdoch will be named executive co-chairman with his father.
Microsoft and Oculus Are Ganging Up on Playstation
If virtual reality is going to change everything about the world, its impact will be felt first in the video game industry. It seemed in recent months that the battle lines were becoming clear as competing headsets were being built by Facebook-owned Oculus, HTC and Valve, Sony, and Microsoft, with the first commercial release dates set for 2016. Now Microsoft has suddenly thrown in its lot with Oculus.