Oculus Go today got a slew of new TV streaming services integrated into the Oculus TV app.
Oculus TV is a hub for viewing ‘flat’ TV content from various providers in a virtual theater. Now Sling TV, ESPN, and FOX NOW have joined the mix, letting you watch a range of new live and on-demand content. Here’s what Oculus has to say about the new additions:
Sling TV: As the leading live TV streaming service, Sling TV lets you personalize your channel lineup and save. For $25 a month, you can choose either Sling Orange to stream more than 30 live channels, including A&E, AMC, CNN, and Disney Channel, or you can go with Sling Blue, which gives you access to 45 live channels including USA, Cartoon Network and Discovery. And if you’re looking for something extra, Sling TV also offers a lineup of affordable add-on packages for every interest, from Comedy to Sports to Lifestyle to Hollywood movies.
ESPN: Sports fans, there’s now a new way to get closer to the game than ever before. Watch live games, studio shows, and on-demand programming 24/7 with access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, and more by logging in with your TV provider. Plus, stream on-demand replays of games, shows, full-length films, and highlight clips. You can also sign up for a free trial of ESPN+ and stream thousands of live sports events (including MLB, NHL, MLS, international soccer, college sports, boxing, tennis, rugby and more) and binge watch exclusive ESPN+ original shows and the entire library of 30 for 30 films.
FOX NOW: Watch full episodes of your favorite FOX shows live and on-demand, including 9-1-1, The Resident, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Hell’s Kitchen, and Empire. Plus, stream live sports from FOX Sports and FS1 by logging in with your TV provider.
On the news Oculus is offering a promo for US customers: if you buy an activate an Oculus Go before January 15th, you’ll get an $80 credit toward Sling TV. Details here.
The new streaming services are a win for Oculus who has been increasingly pushing Go as a media consumption device just as much as a gaming device, if not moreso. The company recently landed YouTube VR on Go after years of exclusivity on Google’s Daydream VR platform.
Sadly, Oculus TV doesn’t support any sort of multiplayer viewing, so you’ll continue to be stuck in your virtual personal theater by yourself. The app also isn’t available on Oculus Rift or even on the quite parallel Gear VR.