HBO Now launches on Google’s Daydream VR, Netflix coming soon

Google Daydream

Google’s Daydream virtual reality headset and platform is adding a couple of big SVOD services in December.

Google announced that HBO Now and HBO Go are now available for the device. Later this month, Netflix will be available on the headset, which now works with the Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones as well. Netflix has already added support for Samsung’s Gear VR headset.

In addition, Google announced that NextVR content will now be supported on Daydream, which means users will be able to access NBA and NFL games.

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Google’s expansion of available content for its Daydream headset comes on the same day the company announced the formation of a VR group with a handful of other companies. Sony, Google, Facebook and other companies announced the formation of the new Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA).

Details are still scarce on what the GVRA will prioritize within the emerging VR market but the team up with Facebook (which own Oculus) and Sony (which recently launched PlayStation VR) could signal a willingness to work together as early signs of fragmentation appear in the VR headset space.

“The organization will foster dialogue between public and private stakeholders in VR around the world and make education and training material available to the public. Working groups will be organized around important topics for the industry, enabling us to produce relevant research and guidance,” the GVRA said on its website. “We will also host and participate in international discussions on important topics in VR to shape the public discussion on the technology. Ultimately, the group will develop best practices and share them openly.”

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