NBC and Intel to stream Olympics in VR
NBC will broadcast a unique, up-close Olympic experience through VR streaming.
Virtual reality will give you a front-row seat at this winter’s Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, thanks to a partnership with Intel True VR. If you’ve already got a smartphone and VR headset, all you need is the free NBC Sports VR app, available on Android and iOS.
The streaming feed is set to provide six different viewpoints of more than 30 different Olympic events, either live from the other side of the world, or on demand when you’re ready to watch. (Note that the live streaming option requires you to verify a cable, satellite or digital TV subscription.) The events include the opening ceremony, downhill skiing, ski jumping, figure skating, snowboarding, curling, cross-country skiing, luge, skeleton, biathlon, speed skating, hockey, the closing ceremony and more.
Intel True VR is powered by panoramic, stereoscopic camera pods and 1TB-per-hour fiber optic data feeds, and it’s tailored to run best on the Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR headsets.
The Olympic action runs from February 8-25, but that’s just the beginning. VR is slated to go from covering the Olympics to broadcasting Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour, the NFL and the NBA later this year.
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