National Basketball Association to Broadcast Games in 360-Degree VR This Season

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 13, 2017

A year ago the National Basketball Association launched a program where they streamed one regular-season game in virtual reality each week, all season long.

Via NextVR's app, the official League Pass VR partner of the National Basketball Association, the NBA, users will be able to stream 27 different live games on their Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream headset from the Screening Room. This feature, as well as the 27 live games, will also be available to worldwide League Pass subscribers.

These games aren't actually broadcast productions in virtual reality, but fans can watch the games on a virtual movie theater-sized screen and immerse themselves in a 360-degree VR environment while selecting up to 13 National Basketball Association games to livestream on the screen. Here you'll be able to pick and choose from every League Pass game in virtual reality. And soon, you won't even be restricted to a Samsung, Google, or Asus phone - as long as you're willing to invest in a Windows Mixed Reality headset, that is.

Some other cool features coming will be live stats that will be a part of the virtual scene and a new point-of-view feature that will give you control over your VR viewing experience. How that will work remains to be seen - hopefully the infographics won't be too distracting, seeing as they're getting inserted within the field-of-play.

It's similar to Major League Baseball enabling MLB.TV subscribers this season to use At Bat VR to watch live games on a traditional feed in a VR environment.

If you don't want to fork out $200 on a League Pass subscription just to watch in VR, you can pay $7 for the game you wish to stream, courtesy of the NBA's on-demand service. For a full schedule head over to the NBA's website.

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