Sky Narrows Focus On VR With London Tech Hub

Sky Narrows Focus On VR With London Tech Hub
May 21, 2018
Sky will today unveil plans to open a third technology hub 


Sky is narrowing its focus on virtual reality with the launch of a new technology hub on its west London campus.


The media giant will today unveil plans to create a 70,000 square foot site on its UK headquarters, its third tech centre in Europe. The space will house engineers and software developers focusing on new products in areas such as virtual reality. 


The broadcaster, which in the past has led the way on technology such as catch-up TV and “Ultra HD” broadcasts, has been experimenting with virtual reality (VR) for years and launched its first VR app in 2016.


"The launch of this dedicated innovation centre will enable us to push the boundaries even further," said group chief executive Jeremy Darroch.  


The company currently has a technology centre in Leeds and Milan, with US media group Comcast promising to continue supporting the Leeds hub in its £22bn offer for Sky last month. 


The business said that having three dedicated tech hubs will put it in an "even stronger position" to improve customers' viewing experience. It also pledged to use the centre to host programmes aimed at getting more women into tech roles, such as free coding classes.  

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