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NBC To Stream Olympics Video In Virtual Reality

14 January, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Rachael Silva
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While the 2016 Summer Olympic Games were also shown in VR, the vast majority of the content was only made available the day after.The VR coverage will come from Intel True VR technology, which employs multiple cameras for its interactive 360-degree VR footage.

The Olympics begin February 8, but the first shot at seeing Nike's 2018 Team USA Medal Stand Collection outfits in the setting they were meant for - on the medal stand itself - is February 10, at the end of the women's cross-country skiathlon. The VR content will include the opening and closing ceremonies, behind-the-scene interviews, and all-time favorite events like ski jumping, snowboarding, figure skating, ice hockey, and curling.

This effort will mark the first time ever that VR will be available for a Winter Olympics and that Olympic VR programming will be live in the U.S on a wide range of devices and platforms. "With the help of Intel's industry-leading virtual reality technology, NBC Olympics will deliver a transformative experience that will bring to Olympic fans an entirely new perspective on the speed, thrills and excitement of an Olympic Winter Games".


North Korea will also send high-ranking officials, athletes, and a cheering squad to the Olympics, a senior South Korean official said on Tuesday.

Bummed that you won't be in Pyeong Chang for the 2018 Winter Olympics? Though it's unclear precisely which devices will be supported, Variety reports that the VR content will be available for "authenticated users on Samsung, Google, Windows, and Android and iOS devices through the NBC Sports VR app". NBC hopes to hedge against future viewership declines by increasing its presence on VR, which is becoming more prevalent among consumers - global VR headset shipments reached an all-time high in Q3 2017, with shipments topping 1 million for the first time ever in the quarter, according to Canalys.

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