Fox, NextVR To Livestream VR Bundesliga Game
A virtual reality version of the Bundesliga's opening match will be available live through much of Asia, as part of a five-year tie-up between Fox Sports and tech specialist NextVR.
In APAC, Fox has Bundesliga rights for most major markets (apart from Australia and India) as well as many smaller territories.
Viewers will also need a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and a Samsung Gear VR headset, as well as a NextVR app (available from the Facebook-owned Oculus app store) to watch the game, which will be streamed via NextVR’s website.
NextVR recommends a minimum 12 Mbps broadband connection for a good experience.
Fox and NextVR, which have also collaborated on live VR coverage of boxing, golf and motor racing events in the US, penned a five-year deal in February to develop VR's offering for sports.
Press release in full below:
NextVR And FOX Sports To Broadcast Bundesliga Opening Match Live in Virtual Reality
The 54th season of the Bundesliga, Germany’s premier football competition will be broadcast live from Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. August 22, 2016 – Continuing its partnership with FOX Sports, NextVR, the global leader in live virtual reality broadcast technology, will present the opening match of the 2016/2017 Bundesliga season in live virtual reality. Kicking off the start of Germany’s primary football competition on August 26, NextVR will broadcast Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen from Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Available to fans in select locations globally, the match is scheduled for 8:20pm CET/2:20pm EDT/11:20am PDT.
This marks the first time the Bundesliga will broadcast live to a worldwide audience in virtual reality. This a milestone for the Bundesliga, which aims to stay ahead of the curve through innovation and technology in sports. In total, seven cameras will capture action, providing pitch level shots as NextVR continues to build a virtual reality platform that provides content for the largest fan bases around the world.
The Bundesliga brings Germany’s top 18 football teams together in an annual competition for national glory and international recognition in the world’s most popular sport. Viewers will have the ability to watch a produced feed with cameras placed in the stands, along the sidelines, midfield and behind the goal, as Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Robert Lewandowski aim to kick off Munich’s title defense.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with FOX Sports and for the opportunity to work with the Bundesliga,” said Brad Allen, Executive Chairman of NextVR. “We are excited about the growing diversity of NextVR’s content portfolio as we continue to provide the global sports fan with a wide array of options including the opening game of the Bundesliga season.”
Football fans experiencing the match with NextVR’s unparalleled high-definition technology platform will feel inches from the action as they witness every galloping run, free kick and tackle from an unmatched vantage point. This virtual reality event includes live audio commentary by former American professional soccer player and Bundesliga player, Heath Pearce, as well as FOX Sports soccer commentator Mark Rogondino.
“The pipeline for captivating content in virtual reality keeps growing as we work with NextVR, and the Bundesliga match is an opportunity to provide fans with immersive content in the world’s most popular sport,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports president, COO and executive producer. “Providing early adopters of virtual reality with content in new markets allows fans globally to be a part of the action and take their viewing experiences to the next level.”
How to watch the Bundesliga in Virtual Reality
The virtual reality experience of the opening Bundesliga match of Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen will be available free in the FOX Sports channel at 8:20pm CET/2:20pm EDT/11:20am PDT in the below markets on the NextVR platform, currently compatible with Gear VR headsets. For detailed instructions, go to NextVR.com/GetVR.
Americas: USA, Canada, the Caribbean*
Europe: Italy, Netherlands, Belgium
Asia: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Afghanistan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Pacific Islands (Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Pitcairn, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna Islands, Western Samoa (Excluding Guam and America Samoa).
* The Caribbean includes the following: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Navassa Island, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Christopher, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Pierre and Miquelon, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tortola, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands.