Daytona 500 will be Broadcast in 180° 3D VR by Fox
If you are a NASCAR fan and have a GearVR, you will be able to watch the next Daytona 500 in half-circle stereoscopic virtual reality (VR). And at no cost!
Details from The Verge
Sean O’Kane of The Verge has the details on what the broadcast will be like: The VR broadcast will be filmed in three different perspectives: the start / finish line, the middle of the Daytona infield, and next to the pit crews while they perform pit stops. (Sadly, no in-car cameras.) There will also be audio commentary and live graphics showing who’s leading the race.
There are, of course a few caveats. For one, you’ll need a GearVR, so Google Cardboard users are out of luck. Also, viewers won’t be able to choose which perspective they’re watching from. They’ll only be able to watch the one main feed in the NextVR app, and the broadcast will rotate between the different perspectives automatically. The broadcast also won’t be fully immersive — rather, viewers will be presented with a 180-degree field of view they can explore. It will be in 3D, which is different from some of the other “flat” 360-degree broadcasts that NextVR has done in the past.
FOX Sports' DAYTONA 500 virtual reality broadcast will be available free through the NextVR portal. Samsung Gear VR owners can download the NextVR app on any Gear VR headset compatible phones. For detailed instructions, go to nextvr.com.
Fox Sports Press Release
“It’s all about delivering something new and exciting for our viewers,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports president, COO & executive producer. “Virtual reality is the next great frontier in immersive experiences for fans across a wide variety of sports. It’s a rapidly changing technology, and this deal with NextVR positions us to be on the front lines for years to come.”
FOX Sports and NextVR have tested live virtual reality broadcasts in 2015 at the Auto Club 400 NASCAR race in Fontana, Calif., and the United States Open Golf Championship from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
Future virtual reality programming on FOX Sports will be announced soon and available on the NextVR portal, including within a dedicated FOX Sports section.