Virtual reality is making its way into the March Madness

Six March Madness Games Will Be Produced in Virtual Reality

Partnering with Intel, the NCAA, Turner Sports, and CBS Sports is set to produce six games in VR, including games from the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in San Jose, CA, and from the Final Four and National Championship Game in Glendale, AZ.Virtual reality is making its way into the March Madness, and, for the first time, it’s extending beyond Final Four weekend.

InTournament games viewers will be able to access a virtual courtside seat to experience NCAA games.The experience depends on the level of ticket purchased.Content will be available to watch through the new NCAA March Madness Live VR app (which is available for free download from the Oculus Store), through which fans can purchase a VR Premium Ticket.

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“Our goal in the Intel Sports Group is to deliver the best fan experience with our technology. By working with Turner, CBS. and the NCAA, we are giving the fans the best seat in the house with Intel True virtual reality technology.”“Intel’s technology integrations during March Madness is one example of how Intel is changing the fan experience with Intel True VR and Intel 360 replay technology,” says James Carwana, GM, Intel Sports Group.

There will be two VR Premium Ticket options:

  • Gold: For $2.99 per game or $7.99 for all six games, fans will be able to feel like they are sitting courtside with their favorite team, via fully produced VR coverage incorporating multiple courtside cameras, sounds from inside the arena, and dedicated game commentary featuring Spero Dedes with analyst Steve Smith and reporter Lisa Byington. Dedes, Smith, and Byington will call the game specifically from the perspective of fans watching the live coverage in VR.
  • Silver:  for $1.99 per game, fans can experience VR through a single courtside camera presentation (180-degree live stream) with the same commentary featured on the CBS broadcast with  Jim Nantz, analysts Grant Hill and Bill Raftery, and reporter Tracy Wolfson.

 

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