NextVR and FOX Sports will offer the Saturday, January 23 Premier Boxing Champions matches, airing on FOX at 8:00 PM ET, live in virtual reality. Find more details on that here, and also watch Showtime’s Virtual Reality video of Deontay Wilder’s knockout over Artur Szpilka, from Showtime last weekend.
That was filmed in 360 Virtual Reality, and to enjoy the experience, watch on your mobile device, with a Google Cardboard viewing device along with the YouTube app for Android, or on a computer using the Chrome browser. This can also be viewed on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page, on the Samsung Gear VR via the MILK VR app, and Littlstar VR apps for Samsung Gear VR, iOS and Android.
The Saturday PBC card is headlined by one of the most exciting undefeated fighters in boxing, Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs), facing former three-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
NextVR will set up multiple cameras around the ring, including ringside, to capture the action in immersive, high-definition virtual reality, providing fight fans the best seat in the house and compelling views they never had access to before. Additionally, fight commentary and graphics will be included in the virtual reality live stream.
“This is the latest example of NextVR’s commitment to bring the most compelling live content to sports fans in virtual reality,” said Brad Allen, executive chairman of NextVR. “We strive to deliver a great virtual reality experience and the key is great, exciting content.”
In 2015, NextVR collaborated with FOX Sports to broadcast the Auto Club 400 NASCAR race in Fontana, Calif., and the United States Open Golf Championship from Chambers Bay in Washington.
“We continue to explore ways to offer FOX Sports viewers the most current and immersive technology available,” said David Nathanson, Head of Business Operations for FOX Sports. “Sports fans expect FOX to be on the cutting edge with all of our broadcasts, and through the FOX Lab initiative, we will continue to experiment with new and exciting technologies with all of our partners.”
The NextVR PBC boxing broadcast will be available free through the NextVR portal. To watch the live stream of PBC boxing card in virtual reality, Samsung Gear VR owners can download the NextVR app and access the fight through any Gear VR headset compatible phones.