Virtual reality – a revolution coming to your viewing habits?

Tonight, NextVR the worldwide leader in Virtual Reality broadcasting will bring one its first live soccer/football game to mass audiences worldwide with a broadcast tonight of the El Clasico Miami from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. I have the privilege of being one of handful of writers selected to be getting a behind the scenes look today at the technology, and how the broadcast will be put together live on site at the match. I’ll have a full in-depth look at the ins-outs of things related to NextVR and this broadcast sometime in the upcoming week for World Soccer Talk. For those of you interested the full release about NextVR is below.

NextVR, the leader in broadcasting live events in virtual reality,
in partnership with Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, will transport fans onto the pitch to
experience the best plays of the International Champions Cup (ICC) in virtual reality. Soccer fanatics will
experience El Clásico live for the first time in VR, as well as relive each goal from nine ICC matches in the
NextVR app.
Kicking things off today, the ICC Pre-Tournament Show sets the stage for the invasion of eight of the
world’s premier soccer clubs that is available in the NextVR app. US National Soccer Hall of Famer Cobi
Jones, known for his standout performances with Team USA and LA Galaxy, will be joined in the NextVR
Studio by Heath Pearce, former Bundesliga and New York Red Bulls defender, to preview the matchups
fans can expect to witness while the ICC is stateside.
“We’re thrilled to be broadcasting El Clásico live in VR for the first time and to give fans new experiences
like the pre and post tournament shows to further enhance our ICC programing,” said David Cole,
NextVR CEO. “Virtual reality immerses you in the action and we’re able to transport fans into the match
to provide them unprecedented access to one of the world’s most premier sporting events.”
El Clásico, the legendary rivalry between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona, will be broadcast live in VR
enabling fans to experience each goal and dominant defensive plays, by the beautiful game’s most
iconic playmakers. The VR broadcast of this epic match will include dedicated announcers, the halftime
show featuring five-time Grammy Award winner and global music icon Marc Anthony, and behind-thescenes
footage exclusive to VR. Twelve VR cameras will be positioned along the pitch and throughout
Hard Rock Stadium to transport fans into the most dynamic live soccer event. Calling the match will be
2004 Mexico Olympic Team Captain and 2007 FIFA World All-Star Monica Gonzalez, Health Pearce, and
seasoned MLS and NBA sportscaster Mark Rogondino.
Following El Clásico Miami, NextVR will distribute an ICC Recap Show that will assemble the best
matchups and plays from each of the nine matches captured in virtual reality for fans to relive the
excitement.
“The ICC is thrilled to be partnering with NextVR to bring soccer fans across the world a viewing
experience unlike any other,” said Bruce Bundrant, Chief Commercial Officer at Relevent Sports. “This
year’s tournament features the strongest lineup of clubs, matchups and venues to date, highlighted by
the biggest match in our history when Real Madrid meets Barcelona in El Clásico Miami. The ICC offers a
premium viewing experience whether you’re in the stadium or at home and this partnership will play a
key role in following through on that promise.”
Fans with a Samsung GearVR headset or Google Daydream View, along with a compatible
smartphone, can download the free NextVR app from the Oculus Store for GearVR or the
Google Play Store for Daydream users. Fans can go to nextvr.com/icc for additional details including
how to get started in VR, as well as countries to view ICC. For updates make sure to follow @NextVR on
Twitter and Instagram and /NextVR on Facebook.

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