NBC in partnership with Intel, will be providing the overall coverage of the upcoming 2018 PyeongChange Winter Olympics in 360 VR. NBC has stated that they will be broadcasting over 50 hours in “live virtual reality” (360) powered by Intel True VR. The Olympics opening ceremony starts at 8PM EST.
The above video is a quick glimpse into the culture of South Korea in 360 VR. The video is intended to shed light into the mixed culture of South Korea where you can see the clash of classic and modern eras of the country. In the weeks to come, we will be seeing more high quality 360 VR videos from NBC using Intel’s technology.
NBC Olympics will provide more than 50 hours of live virtual reality coverage powered by Intel True VR during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, to authenticated users with Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Samsung Gear VR, and both Google Cardboard and Google Daydream with compatible iOS or Android devices via the NBC Sports VR app.
See below for a full schedule of Olympic VR programming and instructions on how you can watch!
Full VR programming schedule
|Fri., Feb. 9||Opening Ceremony||8 p.m.*|
|Alpine Skiing (Men’s Downhill – Training)||9 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 10||Alpine Skiing (Men’s Downhill)||9 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 11||Curling (Mixed Doubles Semifinal)||7:05 p.m.|
|Mon., Feb. 12||Curling (Mixed Doubles Semifinal)||6:05 a.m.|
|Snowboard Halfpipe (Women’s Final)||8 p.m.|
|Snowboard Halfpipe (Men’s Qualifying)||11 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 13||Snowboard Halfpipe (Men’s Final)||8:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 14||Figure Skating (Pairs’ Free)||8:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 15||Skeleton (Men’s Final)||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Feb. 16||Skeleton (Women’s Runs)||6:20 a.m.|
|Figure Skating (Men’s Free)||8 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 17||Short Track (Men’s and Women’s)||5 a.m.|
|Alpine Skiing (Men’s Giant Slalom)||8:15 p.m.|
|Alpine Skiing (Men’s Giant Slalom)||11:45 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 18||—||—|
|Mon., Feb. 19||Ski Jumping (Men’s LH Team)||7:30 a.m.|
|Figure Skating (Ice Dance)||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 20||Alpine Skiing (Women’s Downhill)||9 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 21||Ice Hockey (Women’s Gold Medal Final)||11:10 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 22||Big Air (Women’s Final)||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Feb. 23||Big Air (Men’s Final)||8 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 24||Ice Hockey (Men’s Gold Medal Final)||11:10 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 25||Closing Ceremony||8 p|
The NBC Sports VR app can be downloaded on Android, iOS, and the Oculus store. It will also be compatible with Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The app will also be available for free.
The Olympics is getting more high-tech these days and now offers users a chance to see your favorite winter sports in a more immersive way. The opening ceremony to the 2018 PyeongChange Winter Olympics will start on Friday, February 9th at 5PM PST | 8PM EST.