Previously VRFocus reported on the NBA basketball All-Star weekend. NBA commissioned NextVR to create a virtual reality (VR) experience for basketball enthusiasts to experience the game without being there. Now it looks like NextVR have intentions of bringing live sports events to VR head-mounted displays. This is something which has been the subject of much debate as the requirements to stream 360 degree video are quite strenuous.
Not only has the company been working with the NBA but now it announced the completion of the second test shoot with the NHL hockey association. On the 21st February the company filmed the NHL Stadium Series LA Kings vs. San Jose Sharks. NextVR has stated the belief that VR will bring a new medium for sports fans to get involved in the action. Rather than seeing it through a screen, sports fans can be watching it as if the audience is on the ice with the hockey team.
NextVR is keen on bringing the same experience to a live audience. As a way of bringing sports fans closer to the action, the company is looking at providing live broadcast quality video straight to the VR HMD. The company believes that it alone has the technology to bring this quality live. Next VR states it has patents in video compression, broadcast quality transmission and display of VR content.