For most people even to make it to an NBA game is a goal too far to reach. But that is all about to change with NBA VR, now you can watch your favourite players fight for the win from the best seat in the house. Thanks to the creative team at NextVR, the NBA will be broadcasting one game every week in 360 degrees.
The NBA has always embraced new technologies, so it was only a matter of time before they jumped on the opportunity of live broadcasting. The organisation proudly uses future tech to improve the audience's engagement before, during and after games and VR will do this by providing an immersive viewing experience. The first custom broadcast will debut October 27 when the Sacramento Kings play against the San Antonio Spurs.
The importance of this moment comes with the fact that it’s the first regular schedule of live games delivered in VR by a professional sports league. Broadcasts will be fully produced with dedicated announcers, multiple unmanned camera angles and optimised graphics. Game breaks will be filled with in-venue entertainment, behind-the-scenes footage from the arena and VR-specific commentary.
To start off the first broadcast will be limited to Samsung's Gear VR but will soon be available to Google VR products and other higher end systems too. It will be interesting to see how the first broadcast is received by viewers and how well the experience translates to VR. The goal of the production is to eventually be a regular part of the NBA schedule, so who knows… soon everyone could have front row seats to the NBA final for the price of a League Pass subscription.