HuffPost RYOT has today announced its first virtual reality comedy series and world news show. The shows will be available for streaming this fall on the Hulu VR app.
“Virtually Mike & Nora,” the sketch comedy series, will have five episodes and star Nora Kirkpatrick (“The Office”) and Mike O’Brien (“SNL”).
“The Big Picture: News in Virtual Reality” is a 10-part news show hosted by Oscar-nominated filmmaker and HuffPost RYOT co-founder Bryn Mooser. Each episode follows HuffPost RYOT journalists, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes experience between interviews and full 360-degree reporting.
“Virtually Mike & Nora” will often refer to the viewer as its own character, according to CNET, and one of the first episodes of “The Big Picture: News in Virtual Reality” will report on a Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya.
"Video is a top priority at The Huffington Post, and we're focused on expanding our footprint across various platforms," stated Charlotte Koh, head of video at The Huffington Post.
The Hulu VR app is available for Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR headsets and supported Samsung mobile devices, with additional platforms to come soon.
In April, AOL acquired virtual reality company RYOT. Now HuffPost RYOT, the studio works with all of the publisher’s global editions and creates immersive media to spotlight global and social issues.
In July, The Huffington Post doubled down on immersive video and VR with wider distribution of its content, thanks to a partnership with Verizon Labs. The immersive and VR programming will be available across HuffPo’s desktop and mobile Web presence and apps, as well as various channels from HuffPo owner AOL.AOL isn’t the only company to jump into VR.
Earlier today, Time Inc. launched a dedicated virtual reality platform that will host all VR content for the company’s brands, called Life VR. And earlier this summer, The New York Times unveiled its first 360-degree video experience powered on its mobile Web site.