The Winter Olympics currently taking place in South Korea marks a big step forward for live broadcast VR content.
Intel is working in partnership with the International Olympic Committee to provide the technology needed for broadcasting VR and 360 video content. The partnership is extended up until 2024, so the Korean games are just the beginning.
The company will be streaming 30 events, both live and on-demand, throughout the games. Events being streamed include Women’s Skeleton, Men’s Downhill and snowboarding. You can see the full schedule here.
In order to watch the content, users can use the headset of their choice. All that is needed is the NBC sports VR app and users can tune in on listed days to watch live, or they can catch up on events that have already happened.
C360 Technologies is also set to have a bumper Olympics as its 360 and VR cameras are being put to work to capture the live broadcast feeds.
The company has previously provided the cameras used to capture VR and 360 videos for NFL, NHL and NFC games. During the Winter Olympics, the company will be looking to give its newest GEN2 Immersive Camera System a good showing.
The company’s cameras will give users tuning in unique vantage points in events such as speed skating. There will be multiple cameras on each event to provide users with a number of angles, and the company hopes to give users an idea of the event atmosphere as well.
"We are extremely honored by the opportunity to bring an added viewing dimension through our camera technology to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games," said Evan Wimer, C360 Co-Founder and Chairman.
"We believe in the value that immersive video can bring to traditional sports broadcasts, and the PyeongChang Olympics is perfect event to introduce our newest GEN2 Immersive Camera System camera to a global audience."