Through a 360 YouTube video recorded by the BBC, VR users can relive London’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display where over 110,000 people from almost 100 different countries came together to celebrate and watch 12,000 fireworks light up the sky. The display starts at around 9 minutes into the video, then viewers are placed in some of the best viewpoints - for free, out of the cold, and in the comfort of their own homes. The soundtrack played throughout pays tribute to some of 2016’s musical icons who passed away, including David Bowie and Prince.
This is one of many 360 videos produced by the BBC, the most notable being the Planet Earth II mini-series, where viewers accompany the camera crews as they record wildlife. Also, the British public service broadcaster has created some well received full VR experiences such as The Turning Forest, a VR fairy tale for Daydream, and Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, a VR documentary made for Oculus Rift that lets viewers step into a man’s memories of the 1916 Easter Rising.