The National Basketball Association (NBA) has been one of the longest running sporting bodies to support virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree coverage, teaming up with NextVR for a number of events over the last couple of years. Today the pair have announced that at least one NBA League Pass game will be livestreamed per week during the 2016-17 season.
Part of a multiyear partnership between the two, the programming will mark the first time a schedule of live games has been implemented by a professional sports league for 360-degree viewing.
The coverage will begin next week on 27th October with the Sacramento Kings playing the San Antonio Spurs. The content will include multiple camera angles for viewers to choose from and dedicated announcers commenting on the game.
For NBA fans wishing to catch any of the games in VR they’ll need a full-season NBA League Pass subscription, but to give a teasing taste the first game is free. As with any other NextVR coverage, the company’s app currently only supports the Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD), but NextVR has previously stated more platforms will be included in the future.
NextVR has become one of the prime content providers for immersive sporting events, although it does tend to broadcast them in 180-degrees rather than 360. Recently the company has broadcast the University of Notre Dame’s recent football match VR, livestreamed the Oculus Connect 3 conference and partnered with Citi, to produce a series of up to ten live 360-degree concerts as a new part of the “Backstage with Citi” initiative.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of NextVR, reporting back with any further announcements.