Becomes the first vMVPD to build app for standalone VR headset

Capitalizing on one of the increasingly precious new opportunities in the ultra-competitive virtual MVPD market, Sling TV is launching an app for the Oculus Go virtual reality headset.

Released last year by the Facebook-owned VR company, Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset that requires no smart phone for processing. It has a $199 MSRP for the base model with 32 GB of storage.

Oculus hasn’t released sales data for its relatively low-priced Go product. But research firm SuperData predicted earlier this year that around 1.8 million units would be sold in 2018.

For its part, Oculus is trying to meld the big-screen living room experience into the device—watching in the Oculus Go environment is equivalent to viewing on an 180-inch TV screen. Viewers enjoy a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and the headphone-free, built-in speakers deliver a 3-D, spatial audio experience.

"Oculus Go is a real game-changer in giving people a personal home theater experience wherever they are, with its crystal-clear optics and portable design,” said Jimshade Chaudhari, VP of product management for Sling TV.

Sling TV, which has a base price of $25 a month, is offering new Oculus Go owners an $80 credit on a subscription. 

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