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Champions League final to be broadcast in 360° VR

26 May 2017 | Rasmus Larsen |

The UEFA Champions League final will be broadcast live in 360-degree virtual reality on Saturday, June 3. BT Sports will stream it via YouTube and a new BT Sport VR app, the company has announced.

Football in VR

For the first time, you can watch the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus in virtual reality. The company responsible believes that football in VR will be a more immersive experience, almost like being there.

The match will be streamed in 360-degree VR on YouTube (at youtube.com/btsport) and in a new ‘BT Sport VR’ app, the company said. BT Sport is using 360° cameras to produce the live VR experience as well as extra material that will be made available as on-demand content.

- “This is the biggest club football match in world football and fans and viewers will be able to experience it on BT Sport in the most innovative and exciting way as the two footballing giants Juventus and Real Madrid take on each other for European glory,” said Pete Oliver, managing director, BT Consumer. “We believe that VR can offer our viewers an immersive second screen view which will enhance our coverage. We’re excited to be broadcasting what we believe to be the biggest multi-camera live 360° sporting event ever for the first time to our customers.”

Champions League final in VR


Watch with Google Cardboard

To experience the match in VR you need a Google Cardboard, which is as the name implies is a cardboard box with lenses inside. It is compatible with Apple iPhone and Android smartphones.

The match will also be streamed in 4K UHD on YouTube and 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos on BT TV, the company added.

In the Nordics, MTG has also this week launched a VR app called ViaReal that will broadcast the first 20 minutes of the match in VR to viewers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

If you do not own a virtual reality headset you can watch the match as a 360-degree video in 2D.

- Source: BT Sport



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