Thursday, 18 January, 2018

You can stream the Winter Olympics in VR on nearly any device

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Elias Hubbard | 14 January, 2018, 00:26

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, NBC partnered with Samsung to offer VR content but that programming was made available the day after.

Just because you're unable to make it to South Korea next month doesn't mean you can't make your 2018 Winter Olympic dreams a reality - that is, a virtual reality. The VR content will include the opening and closing ceremonies, behind-the-scene interviews, and all-time favorite events like ski jumping, snowboarding, figure skating, ice hockey, and curling.

Intel TrueVR "pods" at each event will create a 360 degree virtual environment where viewers can watch. "Louder" was written and composed by Taeyang, according to the official Twitter account of the Games, and was performed for the first time during the Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony. "With the help of Intel's industry-leading virtual reality technology, NBC Olympics will deliver a transformative experience that will bring to Olympic fans an entirely new perspective on the speed, thrills and excitement of an Olympic Winter Games".

And when they land on the top of the podium, they'll be wearing intensely warm gear that was unveiled Tuesday by Nike and the U.S. Olympic Committee on the "Today" show.

A research study led by geography professor Daniel Scott at the University of Waterloo says the number of places that will be cold enough to host a Winter Olympics is dropping. The XXIII Games run from 9-25 February.

The content will be available to pay-TV customers who authenticate through the NBC Sports VR app.

VR streaming in sports isn't a novel idea, but this would be the first time for the Olympics to be streamed in VR to nearly all VR headsets.

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