Owners of a VR headset are always on the lookout for more content to enjoy. It is good to have a change of pace from apps and games in this regard. Fans of the Red Sox will be pleased to hear four games will be aired in VR mode this week. The partnership started with Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays and will culminate this Saturday. To view these games, one will need a NESN subscription. It’s good to see TV content producers focus on VR in such a capacity.
NESN Sees a Bright Future for VR
Content creators of all kinds need to pay more attention to virtual reality moving forward. This medium opens up new opportunities and capabilities for all parties involved. It is this still a largely uncontested frontier as far as regular TV broadcasts are concerned. NESN, the Red Sox-owned regional sports network, is experimenting with VR whenever they can. In fact, the airing of four Red Sox games in VR this week shows more of this content may come to an HMD near you.
Broadcasting live baseball games in VR is an interesting concept. Through the VR headset, viewers feel more connected to the game as it unfolds in front of their eyes. Especially if those games go into extra innings, such as the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Seeing the content in VR is almost as good as having a front-row seat to the game. It’s not entirely the same, but you still get a decent overview of the game and the stadium.
NESN issued the following statement regarding these broadcasts:
“Throughout the game, NESN viewers watching via these VR headsets will be able to choose any of four locations at Fenway, or select a mode that automatically switches between seven locations for the viewer. In addition, real-time statistics will display behind viewers in the 360-degree landscape.”
This content can be accessed through the NESNGo VR App, available on some Samsung phones and VR headsets. This concept is made possible thanks to Intel, which has been working on VR baseball telecasts since June of 2017. Although the announcement could have been made at a better time, Red Sox fans will still enjoy the remaining VR games regardless. It is an interesting decision by NESN, especially considering they broadcast four games over the span of five days.
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