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SingTel introduces virtual reality and augmented reality technology in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | Feb. 27, 2015
This new technology helps advertisers address the challenge of today’s viewers sidestepping traditional commercial breaks, and offers brands the opportunity to create interactive content to better engage their pay TV audiences.

Singtel launched yesterday (Feb 26) Singtel TV's virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology, which the telco dubs as the first of its kind in Singapore.

This new technology helps advertisers address the challenge of today's viewers sidestepping traditional commercial breaks, and offers brands the opportunity to create interactive content to better engage their pay TV audiences.

In its media statement, Singtel said that the VR and AR technology allows virtual elements to appear as if they were real objects within the studio environment. The creation of virtual elements - such as three-dimensional scoreboards and match statistics - will help to enhance the overall viewer experience, particularly during sports programmes.

In addition, this technology can also be used to stylistically redesign the virtual background according to a particular theme or type of programme.

"Ad clutter and audience fragmentation mean that traditional TV ad buying needs to evolve. Our ad analytics will better segment the audience," said Anthony Shiner, Chief Revenue Officer, Singtel Group Digital Life. "Together with VR and AR technology, brands can then create and tell segment-specific, editorially relevant stories, while ensuring that the content is not missed altogether."

"Our goal is to create a suite of strategic audience engagement tools. By continuing to invest in the best marketing technology, we aim to help local and regional brands create innovative and highly targeted content to reach Singtel TV audiences," he added.

Virtual advertising helps brands stay in the game

Virtual advertising uses the same VR and AR technology, by embedding brand images into a 'live' or pre-recorded TV show. However, virtual ads previously required significant financial investment. Recognising the demand for such technology, Singtel Adverting is bringing it to Singapore, so brands can create relevant and in-programme content affordably.

VR and AR technology can also be used to create virtual product placements in TV shows. For example, with a virtually-generated automotive placement, brands will no longer need to place an actual car in the studio. This reduces effort and costs.

In addition, a master copy of a sponsored programme can be produced, with virtual product placements added in the future. For companies advertising in other markets, the ads can be easily updated to be country specific, which will maximise ad spend.

"With VR and AR technology, branding is no longer limited to commercial breaks where messages can be lost or ignored. Virtual advertising ensures that branded content captures the attention of audiences when viewership is at its peak, so advertisers can literally 'stay in the game.' This is the future of sports advertising and sponsorship," said Julian Touhig, Executive Producer, Sports, Singtel TV.

 

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