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Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch are coming to Samsung Gear VR

Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch are coming to Samsung Gear VR


Netflix will be available in the store this afternoon

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Samsung's Gear VR mobile headset is getting a huge boost to its media capabilities with the addition of Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch compatibility. The services' addition was announced at this afternoon's Oculus Connect conference during CEO Brendan Iribe's keynote speech, and Netflix will be available in the Gear VR store this afternoon. Iribe also noted that Vimeo and TiVo will be available for the Gear VR in the near future. It doesn't sound like the Netflix experience will be enhanced in any significant or VR-specific way — it'll play flat video inside the Gear VR — but it's still a welcome addition to the headset's portfolio of apps.

Read next: The Samsung Gear S2 review.

In a press release, Hulu announced their VR application will be available this fall. The release also mentioned the inclusion of "original virtual reality short-form" content and "unique viewing environments created for VR devices." (These environments will support both 2D and 3D programming.)

A new version of the Gear VR headset was announced just a few minutes earlier, one with a redesigned trackpad and a new, lower price that'll be available this November. It'll also be compatible with Samsung's entire 2015 line of smartphones, whereas the previous version of the Gear VR was only compatible with the Galaxy S6 and the Note 4.

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