This marks the first-ever live virtual reality broadcast of the Olympic Winter Games. Unfortunately, that means a new paid subscription will be required for those who don't already have one, but that may turn out to be worth it.
Events at the 2018 Winter Olympics that will include 4K coverage are the Opening Ceremony, hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating, ski jumping and snowboard big air competitions.
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. According to Variety, NBC has partnered with Intel to set up multiple camera pods to create interactive 360-degree VR environments. Skeleton's UK Sport funding nearly doubled in the build-up to Pyeongchang after Yarnold won gold in Sochi to succeed compatriot Amy Williams as Olympic champion. Making events available live will only help the usage.
Audio Integration: Viewers will hear the natural sound as captured at each camera location allowing them to experience the sound as if they were there. Folks using Samsung, Google, Windows, and Android and iOS devices will be able to access the content via the NBC Sports VR app.
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"We are desperately sorry for Bruce to lose his chance of becoming a two-time Olympian so close to the Pyeongchang 2018 Games", Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay added.