Hulu will soon stream two new shows specifically made for virtual reality, “The Big Picture: News in Virtual Reality” and “Virtually Mike and Nora.” The two shows will exclusively be available in VR via the Hulu VR app on mobile devices.
The two shows will be made in collaboration with the Huffington Post’s RYOT Studios, the same production company behind other VR, 360-degree content from the likes of the New York Times and The Associated Press. “We’ve been shooting VR for a long time now. Doing a series has always been a dream,” RYOT co-founder Bryn Mooser told Variety.
“The Big Picture” will be a news program, while “Virtually Mike and Nora” will be a comedy show starring Mike O’Brien and Nora Kirkpatrick. Hulu has already committed to 10 episodes for “The Big Picture” and five episodes for “Virtually Mike and Nora.”
Mooser also said that there are no plans to make these shows available on the web as 360-degree videos and that the shows will exclusively be available to watch on the Hulu VR app. The shows are designed to be viewed on a VR headset.
“Virtually Mike and Nora” is aiming to make the audience part of the show by breaking the wall between the performer and the viewer and exploring the comedy genre in 360 degrees.
“The Big Picture: news in Virtual Reality,” which will be hosted by Mooser, will feature three different news segments. New episodes of the news show will be available every two weeks on the Hulu VR app. This marks the first time that a news program will exclusively be shown in VR.
There’s no release date yet for the upcoming shows, but both of them are expected to be available to stream sometime later this fall, according to TechCrunch. “The Big Picture” and “Virtually Mike and Nora” will only be accessible on the Hulu VR app for the Samsung Gear VR.