The sport of ice hockey has previously been involved in virtual reality (VR), from virtual tours of stadiums to live broadcasts. Developer ProSense are working on breaking down barriers between platforms with an app that can broadcast 3D Ice Hockey games to most of the popular VR platforms.
From 12th April 2017, Continental Hockey League games will be broadcast on multiple VR platforms courtesy of the ProSense app. The Continental Hockey League, also known as the Kontinental Hockey League or KHL was founded in 2008 and comprises 29 member clubs based around eastern Europe and Asia. Countries such as Russia, Finland, China and Belarus are represented, and the league is hoping to be able to further expand.
ProSense are working with CocaCola to bring streams of Hockey games to Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard or via YouTube. A media library of previous games will be available along with a virtual VIP lounge, access to game highlights interviews and other behind-the-scenes material.
The developers believe that the KHL games will be the first time a sporting event has been broadcast to all VR platforms simultaneously. ProSense are hoping to bring other sporting events to the app in the future.
The KHL broadcasts will commence on 12th April and continue until the final game of the season.
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