March Madness is upon us, and with it, a chance to watch college basketball like never before. FOX Sports has announced that it’s teaming up with NextVR to stream select Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament games in virtual reality beginning March 10.
The VR coverage of college basketball’s Big East tournament will total roughly 15 hours of action over the course of seven games, including the tournament’s quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship rounds. The broadcasts will mark the first time that a college basketball game will be broadcast around the world in virtual reality.
Watching the Big East Tournament in VR promises to immerse college basketball fans in a high-definition experience that features the best of TV and in-person viewing. Thanks to VR technology, fans will get an up-close window to all the action, including views from under the basket. According to FOX Sports, watching the VR stream will feel like you’re sitting center court at Madison Square Garden. But unlike paying for a seat at The World’s Most Famous Arena, the VR stream of the game will be completely free. Viewers will also see player stats, scores, and other updates displayed in their VR headsets.
The Big East games will be streamed through the NextVR app. The one big caveat is that the NextVR app is only compatible with a Samsung smartphone and Gear VR headset. For those that have the necessary equipment, you can stream the games entirely for free from anywhere in the world.
NextVR has partnered with Fox Sports in the past, providing VR broadcasts for boxing, tennis, motorsports, Nascar and golf.
Earlier this week, it was announced that March Madness Live will be available on more devices than ever before. Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku gadgets have all been added to the list of platforms where fans can watch every bit of March Madness action happen in real time.
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