College hoops fans will be able to immerse themselves in the action of up to 21 games from the NCAA March Madness tournament in virtual reality. The March Madness Live VR app will carry live games beginning with the first and second rounds and continuing throughout the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and National Championship.
NCAA March Madness Live VR is available to download for free starting today in Facebook’s Oculus Store and the Google Play store. The live VR service was developed by Turner Sports, in partnership with CBS Sports and the NCAA.
CBS and Turner have multiplatform distribution rights to NCAA March Madness tournaments through 2032, under an $8.8 billion deal inked in 2016. Users can pay $2.99 per game for access to the March Madness Live VR live-stream, or $19.99 for the “VR Tournament Pass” for access to all 21 games.
In the app, viewers can select the camera they want to watch from or choose fully produced VR coverage incorporating multiple courtside cameras and audio from inside the arena. During the first and second rounds, audio will include game commentary from the telecasts across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.
For Sweet 16 and Elite 8 action, March Madness Live VR will feature exclusive play-by-play and dedicated game commentary featuring Spero Dedes and analyst Steve Smith from Los Angeles and Rich Waltz and Steve Lavin from Boston. Dedes and Smith will also call the Semifinal and National Championship games. Read more from variety.com…
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