Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

You can stream the Winter Olympics in VR on nearly any device

You can stream the Winter Olympics in VR on nearly any device

Not only will this be the first time that any Winter Olympics has been captured in VR, but it will also be the first time that Olympic programming in VR will be streamed live in the USA across a plethora of devices and platforms.

UK Sport chair Katherine Grainger recognised at a presentation on Tuesday that Britain, second in the medal table at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics with 27 golds, was not known as a winter nation.

NBC is leaning on Intel's True VR technology, which uses multiple camera pods at each event to create interactive 360-degree virtual reality environments.

"In the four years since the Sochi Olympics ended, I've been practicing jumping with a feeling of regret", said Takanashi, who finished fourth in Sochi after being the favorite to win the sport's first women's Olympic gold. Among the events planned for live coverage are downhill skiing, figure skating and ice hockey. No word yet on whether NBC's Olympics coverage in VR will feature VR advertising as well.

NBC and Intel also said that viewers will also be able to "fly through the Olympic world, tour Olympic venues and different areas throughout Korea".

Nike released images of the outfits U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes will wear during medal ceremonies at the 2018 games. Download the NBC Sports VR app from the Oculus*, Google Play* and Microsoft* stores to view with accompanying compatible HMD devices.

UK Sport has more than doubled investment in winter sports since Sochi, putting up a total of £32m over the four years leading up to the 2018 Games. Official confirmation from the International Olympic Committee is yet to be received. UK Sport has forecast 6-12 medals at the Winter Paralympics, which follows in March.

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