Rio Summer Olympics To Be Broadcast in 360 VR, Only Available To Samsung Gear VR Owners


We have good news and bad news for you, but first, the good news: NBC, the company that has the broadcasting rights for the Olympics, have announced that they will be broadcasting 360-degree videos from the Summer Olympics to be held later in August this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bad news: NBC will only be broadcasting those 360-degree videos for owners of Samsung’s Gear VR and obviously, people who own compatible handsets like the Galaxy S6 and S7.

Yup, apparently Sammy has scored an exclusive tie-up with NBC as far as VR content goes, though you won’t be watching the games live in VR – there will be a delay of a day or so in the broadcasts, and understandably not all disciplines are covered. But for most people who want to see the games in VR will be happy to know that both the closing and opening ceremonies are included in the 360 VR broadcast, and popular sports like men’s basketball, track and field, gymnastics, boxing, beach volleyball, fencing and diving are also included.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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