The world of sport has seen companies like NextVR bring immersive 180-degree and 360-degree video content to consumers over the past year. Whether its been NBA, Nascar, football, boxing and more, virtual reality (VR) technology has enabled fans to start getting closer to the action. And now golf is getting the same treatment with a newly announced partnership between GoPro, SkratchTV and the PGA TOUR. The collaboration aims to deliver never-before-seen perspectives and episodic video content to golf fans around the world.
Debuting at this weeks Waste Management Phoenix Open, GoPro will use their 360-degree video capture technology to immerse golf fans in a VR experience from some of the most iconic locations in the game. This content will then be distributed on the GoPro Channel, the GoPro App, YouTube and GoPro’s social media channels.
“This partnership with the PGA TOUR and SkratchTV will enable our team to capture unique views of the game and to tell the stories from the tour, and about golf lifestyle, in a whole new way,” said Todd Ballard, vice president of global sports entertainment marketing for GoPro in a statement. “The Waste Management Phoenix Open will serve as a starting point to collect content for our upcoming, season-long initiatives, and it will be a great opportunity to showcase our integrated broadcast technology.”
Running from Wednesday,3rd February, through Sunday, 7th, February 2016, the partnership will stream the Pro-Am from the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course. Hosted by Erik Anders Lang from SkratchTV, PGA TOUR Entertainment will use GoPro’s HEROCast technology to capture and broadcast unique coverage of the Pro-Am, including on-course interviews, player-worn perspectives, and in-stadium fan-cams.
Fans will be able to watch the live-stream at www.pgatourlive.com, www.skratchtv.com, or via the PGA TOUR LIVE apps via iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Android. GoPro haven’t stated when the 360-degree content will be released but VRFocus details when it does.