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Olympics Update: Quadrennial Event To Be Covered Live Through Virtual Reality

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| January 9 , 2018 , 16:33 IST

The prestigious Olympics 2018 will mark their gracious presence soon and this year with many new concepts and ideologies. The quadrennial event will be covered live by virtual reality at PyeongChang, South Korea.

NBC Olympics announced today that it will provide more than 50 hours of live virtual reality coverage powered by Intel True VR during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, to authenticated users with Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Samsung Gear VR, and both Google Cardboard and Google Daydream, with compatible iOS or Android devices via the NBC Sports VR app.

It will mark the first time ever that VR will be available for a Winter Olympics and that Olympic VR programming will be live in the U.S on a wide range of devices and platforms.

A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBC Universal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. 

The more than 50 hours of live VR programming, supplied to NBC Olympics by its partner Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), will include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, alpine skiing, curling, snowboarding, skeleton, figure skating, short track, ski jumping, ice hockey, big air and more.

“The Olympics have long been an opportunity to showcase emerging media technology,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “With the help of Intel’s industry-leading virtual reality technology, NBC Olympics will deliver a transformative experience that will bring to Olympic fans an entirely new perspective on the speed, thrills, and excitement of an Olympic Winter Games.”

“The Olympic Games is a unique opportunity to bring people from around the world together to build camaraderie and cheer for their favourite athletes,” said James Carwana, vice president and general manager of Intel Sports Group.

Programming will span every day of the Games – with the exception of Feb. 18 – beginning the day of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 9, and concluding with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, February 25. The content will be available to authenticated users on Samsung, Google, Windows, and Android and iOS devices through the NBC Sports VR app.

NBC Olympics’ first foray into VR was for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Most programming was presented on next-day delay.

Following is a VR Live Schedule:

Date

Coverage

Time (ET)

Fri, Feb. 9

Opening Ceremony

8 p.m.*

 

Alpine Skiing (Men’s Downhill – Training)

9 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 10

Alpine Skiing (Men’s Downhill)

9 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 11

Curling (Mixed Doubles Semi-final)

7:05 p.m.

Mon, Feb. 12

Curling (Mixed Doubles Semi-final)

6:05 a.m.

 

Snowboard Halfpipe (Women’s Final)

8 p.m.

 

Snowboard Halfpipe (Men’s Qualifying)

11 p.m.

Tues, Feb. 13

Snowboard Halfpipe (Men’s Final)

8:30 p.m.

Wed, Feb. 14

Figure Skating (Pairs’ Free)

8:30 p.m.

Thurs, Feb. 15

Skeleton (Men’s Final)

7:30 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 16

Skeleton (Women’s Runs)

6:20 a.m.

 

Figure Skating (Men’s Free)

8 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 17

Short Track (Men’s and Women’s)

5 a.m.

 

Alpine Skiing (Men’s Giant Slalom)

8:15 p.m.

 

Alpine Skiing (Men’s Giant Slalom)

11:45 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 18

Mon, Feb. 19

Ski Jumping (Men’s LH Team)

7:30 a.m.

 

Figure Skating (Ice Dance)

8 p.m.

Tues, Feb. 20

Alpine Skiing (Women’s Downhill)

9 p.m.

Wed, Feb. 21

Ice Hockey (Women’s Gold Medal Final)

11:10 p.m.

Thurs, Feb. 22

Big Air (Women’s Final)

7:30 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 23

Big Air (Men’s Final)

8 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 24

Ice Hockey (Men’s Gold Medal Final)

11:10 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 25

Closing Ceremony

8 p.m.*