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CNN to Live Stream Democratic Debate In Virtual Reality

CNN is going up close and personal for the Democratic Debate on October 13: The news network will stream the debate live in virtual reality (VR), thanks to a cooperation with VR live streaming company NextVR.

Owners of a Samsung Gear VR headset will be able to pick their own point of view during the debate, and for example focus on candidates while they are not speaking to find one of those unguarded moments that get lost in a traditional telecast.

The live stream follows a little experiment CNN and NextVR did during the latest Republican debate: NextVR captured the debate at the Ronald Reagan library earlier this month in 360-degree VR video, and then made it available for download through the NextVR app on GearVR.

It’s unlikely that a lot of viewers are going to tune in for the debate live stream next month, as not many people have bought a VR headset yet. However, audiences for these kinds of live streams could grow as headsets become more affordable and widely available. On Thursday, Samsung announced that it will start selling a consumer-ready version of GearVR for $99 this fall.

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