Today NextVR will debut its live coverage of the US Open in Chambers Bay, WA. VIP tents equipped with NextVR’s technology will be set up at hospitality areas along the course, providing approximately 100-300 visitors a day the opportunity to be virtually immersed in the action.
While we have seen a few events like these before, such as the NBA event in February and the NASCAR event last March, the US Open broadcast will be significantly more polished, largely due to NextVR’s partnership with FOX Lab.
When reached for comment, John Entz, FOX Sports President of Production, had this to say: “Our ongoing efforts with NextVR are exactly the kind of relationships we are exploring with our new FOX Lab platform.” Entz continued, stating: “Virtual reality is most certainly delivering a new level of excitement to next-generation production possibilities and it will be great to gauge the reactions of the audiences who get to sample it at the US Open this weekend on FOX.”
Everything seems to be coming together nicely for NextVR. This partnership with FOX definitely foreshadows additional VR events to come, a point NextVR’s Co-Founder DJ Roller emphasized while speaking at the event: “This demonstrates FOX Sports’ confidence in NextVR’s technology and their commitment to bring groundbreaking experiences to fans. It’s a major milestone for both companies.”
Like Microsoft’s Hololens at E3, this experience is largely unobtainable for the general public – for now. Never the less, it’s an exciting milestone in VR history, as we get closer to a day in which we are transported (VIA VR Headset) to live events in stunning quality.
FOX Sports will be hosting broadcasts of the US Open at select cities in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver – so be sure to get in touch with your connections at FOX Sports. Also, be sure sign up for updates from NextVR as they plan to make the highlights available on their portal soon.