Bigscreen released their ‘Bigscreen TV’ update two weeks ago, which brought 50+ livestreaming TV channels to the platform for free. Now, company co-founder and CEO Darshan Shankar reports the social viewing platform received more than 5,200 users who want to watch it in VR this afternoon.
If those numbers sound a bit too good to be true, Shankar explains that it’s actually in the realm of possibility. Last week, the platform hosted a viewing party for FReality podcast with YouTubers Nathie, VROasis, Rowdy Guy, and Zimtok5 which garnered a total of 1,201 people.
Granted, not all 5,200 users will be in the same room together, but rather given access to publicly available rooms that hold a maximum of eight users a piece; a channel can however technically support “thousands of people,” Shankar says.
The launch, which is destined to ferry 5,000 pounds (~2,300 kg) of supplies to the International Space Station, will also be carrying a new dock adaptor for the ISS that will allow for an additional ship to dock at the station. As reported by The Verge, the adaptor is the third of its kind; the first was destroyed in a failed SpaceX launch in 2015, and the second was installed on the ISS in 2016.
The launch is slated to take place today, July 24th, at 6:24 PM ET (local time here) from SpaceX’s launchpad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The weather is a factor here however, with a 70 percent chance that the launch will be delayed.
Bigscreen supports HTC Vive, Valve Index, Windows VR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, and Samsung Gear VR. Check out the links below to download.
The studio says there’s more events coming later this week, including the Fortnite World Cup Finals and a few free movie events too. Most recently, the platform hosted a free viewing of Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical film The Dictator (2012).