CNN launches app for Magic Leap AR goggles

Magic Leap users can now immerse themselves in "The Situation Room." (CNN/Magic Leap)

CNN is launching an app for the Magic Leap augmented reality goggles that will offer live access to CNN, CNNi and HLN along with on-demand shows and digital exclusives.

CNN’s app will use Magic Leap’s Screens framework that allows users to size and place multiple screens within their field of vision. The app also includes interactive data features. CNN said it will be releasing new features soon that further take advantage of the immersive capabilities in Magic Leap’s spatial computing.

CNN’s Magic Leap app will require users to log in with their pay TV service provider credentials.


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CNN had previously launched an app for the Oculus Rift virtual reality platform. But CNN’s parent company WarnerMedia—previously Warner Bros.—is an investor in Magic Leap so it’s not surprising that CNN would show up there.

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In October last year, AT&T and Magic Leap announced plans to build a new DirecTV Now app for Magic Leap that will allow viewers to watch up to four different channels simultaneously. That app will launch in beta this year.

AT&T also plans to launch a wireless 5G test zone on Magic Leap’s corporate campus in Florida.

"New and immersive experiences from Magic Leap's developers eventually riding on the AT&T mobile 5G network will redefine entertainment and productivity," said John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, in a statement. "And only AT&T is bringing us one step closer to the future of connectivity with the introduction of a mobile 5G network and a mobile 5G device in parts of 12 cities this year."

CNN is not the first news network to launch on Magic Leap. Late last year, Cheddar launched a live streaming app on the platform. Other apps for the goggles included Star Wars: Project Porg from Disney’s ILMxLAB and Lowe’s Showroom.

Magic Leap One is currently available as a creator edition priced at $2,295. That includes the Magic Leap One Lightwear and Lightpack along with a wireless controller.

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