Sling TV says it will be the first virtual MVPD to offer up its streaming TV service on the Oculus Go, a standalone virtual reality headset.
Sling TV on the Oculus Go will have the effect of watching TV in a “modern lounge with a mountain view” on the equivalent of a 180-inch display. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new Oculus Go will receive an $80 credit toward Sling TV subscription services.
"No big screen, no room, no problem. Sling TV on Oculus Go gives customers an incredibly large screen, high-resolution experience anywhere they get a WiFi connection, without the need to connect to a phone or PC," said Jimshade Chaudhari, vice president of product management at Sling TV, in a statement. "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."
The Oculus Go features an LCD display that renders at a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and headphone-free, built-in speakers. Sling TV said its Oculus app uses an interface similar to its Android apps.
Oculus Go supports lots of other video apps including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Pluto TV, Facebook Watch, Fox Sports VR and Showtime.
For now, Sling TV is the only vMVPD on the Oculus Go platform. But AT&T—which owns and operates DirecTV Now—has been investing in augmented reality hardware company Magic Leap.
Earlier this year, AT&T and Magic Leap announced they are teaming up for a new version of DirecTV Now that will allow users to watch four shows at a time.