NBC are at it again, excelling themselves when it comes to providing coverage of the Rio Olympics like no other broadcaster after they announced they will be providing coverage in Virtual Reality (VR).
The coverage will be exclusive to authenticated users of compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones together with Samsung Gear VR via the NBC Sports app. The coverage will be captured by the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) then supplied to NBC Olympics for them to broadcast out to the exclusive Samsung user group.
This will be the first time people will be able to capture the Olympics in a VR format, and there will be a broad spectrum of events that will be available. Coverage will include both the Opening and Closing ceremonies, as well as men’s basketball, gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball, driving, boxing, and fencing.
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Only Samsung Galaxy smartphones compatible with Gear VR will be able to access the VR content, with all the VR programming be presented on delay. Coverage will be available via TV Everywhere and the NBC Sports app to Samsung customers, though the service will need to be authenticated through their TV provider.
Gary Zenkel, President of NBC Olympics, said:“Olympic fans can be transported to iconic venues such as Maracana Stadium for an unprecedented view of the Opening Ceremony, and Copacabana Beach for an immersive beach volleyball experience in the sport’s ultimate setting.”
Samsung is an official partner of the Rio Olympics, and by providing this sort of content, it will certainly put them at the forefront of Virtual Reality providers around the world.
Jack is a Content Editor at Future Sport who specialises in social media and emerging technologies.