Filming a sports event in virtual reality undoubtedly takes the entertainment to the next level and adds an immersive level to the sport, allowing the user to view the action from a variety of different angles. To enable this to happen, Oculus VR are partnering with Turner Sports, CBS, and NCAA Corporate Champion Capital One to provide live coverage of the NCAA Final Four Semifinals and National Championship in VR for the first time via the Samsung Gear VR mobile head-mounted display.
Through the NCAA March Madness Live app on the Oculus Store, users will be able to watch basketball in an 180-degree live stream through the Gear VR headset filmed from the perspective of the viewers courtside. An in-game scoreboard will also be made visible, as will live stats and even in game commentary from Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson.
For those without a Gear VR headset, there will be a 2D stream showing 180-degree viewing angles on the desktop with 360-degree highlights posted on the NCAA March Madness Facebook page.
The Semifinals will be held Saturday, 2nd April 2016, with coverage beginning at 3pm ET, with the National Championship taking place on Monday, 4th April, starting at 7pm ET.