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And welcome to the BBC's Broadcasting House in London.

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But what does the future of TV look like?

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Well, back in the '80s, the futurologists were telling us

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exploring our own virtual worlds from the comfort of our own homes.

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The problem was back then VR was rubbish.

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So it went away, but not, as it turns out, for good.

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These days the displays inside the goggles are much better

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and the motion`sensing technology is far more responsive,

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and that means virtual reality is back.

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And it's not just being used in video games.

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Dan Simmons has been to the Commonwealth Games in Scotland

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where the BBC is attempting to give you a ringside seat.

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It's the biggest sporting event Scotland has ever hosted,

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and for those responsible for broadcasting the Commonwealth Games,

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the aim is not solely to show what's here.

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It's to make some lucky people feel that they are.

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Inside the Hydro Arena, camera operators have been practising

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their own floor routines to ensure smooth coverage of the gymnastics.

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is setting up a different kind of kit.

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He's capturing and then sending a live 360 degrees video signal

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To capture it all, this camera has seven lenses `

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six around the side and one on the top.

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Special software stitches together the seven video feeds on the fly

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a spatial audio microphone records the sound from all directions.

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The action in the Hydro is streamed live over the internet

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to the Science Centre, in this case just half a mile away,

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but of course theoretically viewers could be anywhere

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Creating the illusion that you're actually there

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that show a small section of that 360 degree video.

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Motion sensors work out your head movements

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to show you what you'd be looking at as if you were there.

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Now, we've seen surround vision cameras before,

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but getting the footage to the audiences with minimal time lag,

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around three or four seconds, is the impressive part.

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that the quality of the video needs to be reduced

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so it can be stitched together faster and sent across the net.

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So the picture isn't as sharp as we're used to,

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that the screen is so close to our eyes.

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In future, higher powered processing and more bandwidth for each viewer

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For now, getting a smooth, reliable feed is more important.

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This is the first time that a major sporting event

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has been streamed live to a VR headset,

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something that could be an everyday reality in the future.

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We're sending the sound in a special format that allows us to move that

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when you move your head, and that can really add to the experience,

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because you'll hear something that happens over your shoulder

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and turn your head to be able to look and see what's going on.

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So people usually just think of the video side of things,

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but the audio really adds to the experience.

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We're running it in real time so that we can do a live broadcast.

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Of course, with a lot of money going into this area

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from broadcasters and web streaming companies,

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and a glimpse into the director's gallery backstage.

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And out in the field with reporters, literally,

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could this be the future of nature programmes?

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If viewers truly invest in its use, then these experiments today

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for the Commonwealth Games could be offered up for real

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in time for the next Olympic Games in just two years' time.

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Next up, a look at this week's tech news.

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The UK Government has announced that driverless cars

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will be allowed on public roads from January next year.

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Previously, concerns about legal and insurance issues

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had restricted the machines to only being allowed on private roads.

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The Government has also invited cities

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to compete in trials of the tech, while a review of road regulations

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has been ordered to provide guidelines for the introduction.

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Next step ` flying DeLoreans, I promise!

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on Canada's National Research Council

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could take up to a year to repair, according to its government.

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The attack, which temporarily shut down Research Council's computers,

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has been blamed on a Chinese state`sponsored actor

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dismissed the report as a groundless allegation.

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It is unclear which information was compromised.

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And finally, it turns out Facebook isn't the only site

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Lots of them do, including dating company OK Cupid.

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The matchmaking site released analytics

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showing how it made up compatibility ratings

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to influence how people viewed prospective matches.

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The result? Well, love is just as complicated

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no matter how compatible you're told you are.

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Fans of sci`fi movies and TV shows are an incredibly loyal bunch.

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Which means if you make a video game of their favourite movie

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and you don't get it right, they will not forgive you.

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And that's why the team behind the latest attempts

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to adapt the sci`fi franchise Alien really had its work cut out for it.

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Marc Cieslak has been finding out if anyone can hear him scream.

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I think... I think there's something here.

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And the prospect of a close encounter which won't end well.

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Alien: Isolation remixes the ingredients from

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the 1979 movie to create a first person survival`horror video game.

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Set 15 years after the events of the sci`fi classic chiller,

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the player adopts the role of Amanda Ripley,

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the daughter of the movie's original heroine.

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And in a nod to the big screen incarnation

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of cinema's unfriendliest ET, two bonus missions,

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which these exclusive shots reveal, reimagine key points from the film.

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It's disappeared into one of the cooling ducts.

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And the movie's cast have returned to lend vocal talents to the game.

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We should never have landed on this damn ball. Over and out.

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to meet the actress who played the only surviving crew member

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of the commercial shipping vessel the Nostromo.

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Sigourney Weaver returns to the role that made her famous,

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this time playing a virtual version of herself in 1979.

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Why return to the role of Ellen Ripley?

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The movie, you know, it still sort of means something to people.

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I still meet people who are, you know,

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young people who are still discovering it for the first time.

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And I thought it's such a specific, cool, claustrophobic world,

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that the idea of giving everybody the opportunity

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to come into that world and make some of those decisions,

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and have that adventure personally, I get it, I dig it,

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and I think it's very immersive, and really scary,

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and also, in its odd way, very beautiful.

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As soon as I opened my mouth, it was Ripley's voice,

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It was like she'd been sitting next to me for these 35 years,

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and I guess if you've played a part that many times,

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that they sort of become part of your DNA.

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So there she was, you know, and we had quite an interesting day.

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Alien is one of cinema's great horror movies.

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Do you think this video game can compete

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I think they take the scare in a really new, visceral direction.

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that people really hated leaving that world.

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I feel, with this, that after probably so many of the fans

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watching this movie so many times, the opportunity to trade places

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with one of the characters and be in that world

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that has sort of haunted you for so long will be very satisfying.

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And I think... I've only, you know, dabbled in video games,

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but I actually think they are a very interesting creative, new world.

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People who make games are discovering that there is

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a much bigger audience for games, that's much more interested

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in content and in story and in subtlety of character

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and things like that, than just shoot`'em`up.

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My husband directed a video game that's based and inspired by a play,

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so there's a whole huge world that video games are heading into

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that I think will be fantastic for the audience.

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They will be the stars of their own picture.

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And gamers will be able to find out if they have the stomach

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to star in their own version of this deep space scare`'em`up

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when the title is released in October.

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That is it for short version, for the full version you can go to the

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website. Thank you for watching, we will see you next time.

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Some of us have had a lovely weekend, for others it has not

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stopped raining, particularly across parts of Scotland and Northern

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Ireland. Closest to the centre, you can see the cloud wrapped into the

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eye of the storm, across Glasgow. It is now edging slowly northwards. The

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worst of the weather will continue in that direction, but still some

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