Virtual reality (VR) technology NextVR is working on a number of projects that are pushing the boundaries of broadcasting with the technology. In the past few months the group has been working with a range of organisations to deliver live streamed sports broadcasting, filmed in 360 degrees. This media can be viewed using a head-mounted display (HMD) such as the Gear VR. Today it has been announced that NextVR is now partnering with FOX Sports to deliver live VR broadcasting of one of the biggest events in golf, the US Open.
The event kicks off on 18th June 2015 and fans visiting select hospitality courses will be able to watch the proceedings in VR. The company hopes to get roughly 100 – 300 visitors per day viewing the sport with this technology. Five camera rigs will be placed at ‘premium vantage points’ around the course and can also be viewed from FOX Sports locations in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Highlights from the experience will later be available via a NextVR portal, which is coming to a wide range of HMDs such as the Oculus Rift, Gear VR and Project Morpheus.
“Our ongoing efforts with NextVR are exactly the kind of relationships we are exploring with our new FOX Lab platform,” said John Entz, FOX Sports President, Production. “Virtual reality is most certainly delivering a new level of excitement to next-generation production possibilities and it will be great to gauge the reactions of the audiences who get to sample it at the U.S. Open this weekend on FOX.”
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