Magic to Broadcast Game in Virtual Reality

New Way to Watch Magic Games

There is now a brand new way to watch Orlando Magic basketball. On Thursday February 23rd, the Magic will broadcast their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in virtual reality. The new technology is available through live streaming on NBA League Pass. All you will have to do to watch the game is login to the NextVR app with your NBA League Pass login. Now if you do not have a NBA League Pass subscription, fans can pay for a single game for $6.99. You will also need a device capable of displaying virtual reality. For now, the NextVR experience requires either a Google Daydream View or Samsung Gear VR headset and compatible phone.

If you are not familiar with virtual reality the broadcast will consist of multiple unmanned camera angles, announcers, and unique graphics. You will also be able to see behind-the-scenes footage from the arena and hear VR-specific commentary. Instead of watching commercials, game breaks will be filled with in-venue entertainment.

Previously NextVR broadcast the Golden State Warriors home opener last season, kicking off a multi-year partnership with the NBA. Now, NextVR is the official virtual reality partner of the NBA. As part of the deal, NextVR will live stream one NBA League Pass game per week during the 2016-2017 season.

This news should excite fans as it appears that it is only a matter of time before every single NBA game is also broadcast in virtual reality. While this may take several years to become a reality, it should help captivate the next generation of NBA fans. In addition to Thursday’s Magic game, the NBA utilized this technology at this year’s All-Star game festivities. In addition to Thursday’s Magic game, the NBA and NextVR utilized this technology at this year’s All-Star game festivities. In addition to the NBA,NextVR has multiyear partnerships with FOX Sports and Live Nation. NextVR has also worked with NBC Sports and the NFL on multiple projects which are available for viewing on the NextVR app.

 

images courtesy of NextVR

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Kip Michalak is a former 3-sport collegiate athlete who has been covering the NBA as an Orlando Magic Insider for the past 3 seasons. Kip has also covered high school sports in Tampa Bay for 5 years. In addition to his basketball reporting Kip has covered a handful of major sporting events, which include: 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final 2016 NCAA Frozen Four 2016 Outback Bowl