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Discovery launches Seeker VR

September 23, 2016

Discovery Digital Networks has launched Seeker VR, a service it describes as “a robust VR and 360-degree content offering that extends the incredible storytelling and sense of adventure that Seeker is known for”.

The immersive creator network, hosted on YouTube, features content from a vast community of popular digital storytellers, including JP Schulze, Jason Silva and Louis Cole. Equipped with custom, proprietary VR equipment, and supported by Seeker’s editorial and production teams, these specially-selected creators travel to all corners of the world bringing their experiences to life.

“Seeker is dedicated to producing and empowering the most interesting, engaging and thought-provoking content in science and exploration. One of the great ways to achieve that mission is to employ every storytelling technology we can and that certainly includes VR,” said Suzanne Kolb, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Discovery Digital Networks. “We’re thrilled to bring original VR programming produced by our outstanding team and our talented creative partners to Seeker’s 46 million+ subscribers while also attracting new viewers.”

Leading the launch of Seeker VR is Edge Of The Earth, the network’s desire to push the boundaries of VR with Seeker’s first experiment in producing 360-degree video in extreme conditions. The experience brings viewers alongside a weather balloon propelling them 114,000 feet above the earth, breaking through a raincloud that is audibly sleeting before emerging into the upper atmosphere. Guided narration coupled with a gauge displaying altitude, speed and temperature accompanies viewers along journey, capturing important points of reference – including the cruising altitude of a commercial jet and the height of Mount Everest.

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