Another week goes by and so comes another weekend round-up of everything sports related in the fields of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) from VRFocus.
Premier League Football Comes To VR Through Trial Run In EE Stores Today
If you’re London-bound this afternoon, there’s a chance you will be going to take in a football game. However, if you don’t have a ticket for an actual match you could still find yourself in the ground thanks to an opportunity created by BT Sport and EE. The mobile and digital carriers will be letting people have a VR-based view of today’s match as Chelsea take on visitors Arsenal in a London derby.
“BT is delighted to be bringing fans even closer to the action.” BT Sport’s COO Jamie Hindhaugh said: “We hope fans enjoy experiencing all the highs and lows of a football match via Virtual Reality. Fans and viewers are at the heart of our coverage and this is a great opportunity to experience this innovative new technology live in four of EE’s top London stores.”
The four EE London stores in question where you can experience the game are in:
– Westfield Stratford
– Oxford Street
– Marble Arch
– Tottenham Court Road
“We know that our customers love watching sport on the go and that’s why they love the fact they can now enjoy the BT Sport app as part of their EE plan.” Continued EE’s CEO, Marc Allera. “This fantastic VR trial of BT Sport in four flagship London stores is yet another example of the additional benefits and unique experiences our customers will enjoy now we are part of the wider BT Group.”
NCAA Football Will Have A Second Crack At VR
BT Sport aren’t the only broadcaster experimenting with the possibilities of showing sports games in VR of course. VRFocus reported earlier in the month on Fox Sports bringing College Football – as in American Football from the NCAA – to VR. Showcasing the contest between Oklahoma vs Ohio State as a debut.
Speaking to television industry, speaking to website Broadcasting & Cable (B&C) the Fox Sports Media Group confirmed that whilst there were some degree of teething problems the debut performed far better than was initially hoped with approximately 37,000 users watching the very first NCAA game broadcast in the medium across both iOS and Android devices.
“It’s probably the biggest VR audience out there, because we didn’t require a bunch of special equipment. We didn’t rely on a small subset of people who just had Gear VR goggles.” Remarked Fox Sports’ Senior VP of Field and Technical Operations Mike Davies to B&C. “We knew going in that it wasn’t going to be perfect, that we were going to find things that needed to be done better, and that turned out true, but all told the experience, the delivery from LiveLike, the artwork in the suite, it went as well as it possibly could.”
The second game due to be broadcast will be in the second week of October, more specifically October 8th and will again feature the Oklahoma Sooners this time travelling to the Cotton Bowl, Dallas to take on the Longhorns of Texas in the “Red River Showdown”.
VRFocus will be back next week at the same time for another round-up of everything sport and VR.