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

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

NBC will air over 50 hours of live VR coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics to U.S. pay-TV subscribers, Variety reports.

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In addition, NBC Olympics will offer VR replays of all events previously livestreamed; one daily 360-degree video of a sport not available in VR the previous day; and packaged highlights from the day before. Making events available live will only help the usage.

NBC and Intel also said that viewers will also be able to "fly through the Olympic world, tour Olympic venues and different areas throughout Korea".

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The heartthrob shared: "I felt emotional that another Olympic Games will be held in the country, as I remember watching the Summer Games 30 years ago in Seoul when I was a child". NBC hopes to hedge against future viewership declines by increasing its presence on VR, which is becoming more prevalent among consumers - global VR headset shipments reached an all-time high in Q3 2017, with shipments topping 1 million for the first time ever in the quarter, according to Canalys. Some of its prior VR coverage includes weekly Major League Baseball games, NCAA basketball tournament games and PGA golf events. Emrick has called hockey for the past three Winter Games for NBC alongside Eddie Olcyzk.

The proprietary paired-lens capture system uses multiple stereoscopic pods equipped with up to 12 4K-resolution cameras each to provide the most natural view, allowing fans to see realistic proportions and depth wherever they look.

For more details, visit Intel at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.

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