Watch Olympic Fencing In Full Virtual Reality
Users of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Samsung Gear VR headsets will have access to 85 hours of programming during the Rio Olympics
New York-based broadcast television network NBC, owned by Comcast, is planning to test the waters with the first-ever virtual reality programming of olympic events, at the Rio Olympics happening from August 5 to August 21.
Virtual reality coverage in sports has been growing, with a very limited audience thus far. NBC’s move will open up the virtual reality public to Samsung, the official smartphone Olympics sponsor. All Samsung Gear VR headset and Samsung Galaxy users will be able to see the virtual programing; not just those with access to expensive technology.
The VR video will be shot by the Olympic Broadcasting Services, in charge of capturing video feeds to international providers. The 85 hours of planned VR videos will include opening and closing ceremonies, beach volleyball, diving, and fencing, as well as men’s basketball, gymnastics, and track and field.
To watch the 2016 Olympics through NBC’s virtual reality programming you must download the NBC Sports app onto your Galaxy smartphone.
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