Tonight we’re broadcasting the first in a series of virtual reality shows out of our Hell’s Kitchen theatre. In Your Town: An Improvised Musical, the UCB cast will interview an audience member about their hometown and then make up a Broadway-style musical in real time on stage — and if you own a VR headset, you’ll be able to join us live from wherever!
Our production partner is NextVR, the world’s leading virtual reality broadcast platform delivering fully immersive VR entertainment experiences to fans worldwide. NextVR’s proprietary stereoscopic 3D VR technology offers an unparalleled sense of presence that transports fans to the events without leaving their home. Some of their content partners include the NBA, Live Nation, WWE, FOX Sports, International Champions Cup and more.
The show begins at 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST, for both headset owners and our house audience. And if you can’t catch it, you’ll be able to see it on demand.
Streaming a show in VR straight from a UCB theatre is new for us, and for many in the UCB community. Here’s a quick FAQ with everything you need to know about how the show works, and how to watch it on a headset.
How can I watch UCB Live in VR?
For headset owners, there are two ways to watch tonight’s show live.
The first is Oculus Venues, a social virtual reality platform that allows users to watch live events in VR alongside other viewers from around the world. Venues lets you experience not just the sounds and lights, but also the social energy of being the crowd; you can turn in your seat to chat with fellow fans in the crowd, share commentary as events unfold, and even move seats to get to know more people in VR.
You can experience Oculus Venues with an Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR headset. The app can be downloaded for free from the Oculus store.
I have a thing tonight. Will I miss my only chance to see the show?
No worries! The show will be available on demand starting Thursday, October 3rd, through the NextVR app, for Oculus Go and Gear VR headset owners.
I have a VR headset, but it’s not an Oculus Go or a Gear VR. Can I see the show?
Yes! The show will be available on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Daydream and Windows Mixed Reality headsets starting November 2nd, 30 days after the show goes on demand.
Will I be able to astral project into the audience through my headset?
You can certainly try.
Keep an eye on the NextVR schedule — there, you can find upcoming shows and announcements, and add show dates to your calendar.
It’s a lot to absorb if VR is new to you, so feel free to shoot us an email at sayhello@UCBindustries.com if you have questions, and we’ll get right back to you.
Unless we’re absorbed in our headsets.