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NBA to air opening-night game in virtual reality

Watch it on Samsung Gear VR devices.

 

Christine Friar

Tech

Published Oct 27, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 6:04 pm CDT

Tonight marks the start of the 2015-2016 pro basketball season, and the NBA, Turner Sports, and nextVR have combined forces to livestream the season-opening game between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans on Samsung Gear VR devices. 

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Fans using the virtual reality experience will reportedly also be able to watch the Warriors’ championship ring ceremony for the 2014-2015 season, which will happen on the court prior to the game. 

This will be the first time the NBA airs a live game in virtual reality. The game itself will also air live at 10:30pm ET on TNT.

The virtual-reality game comes just two days after the NFL and Yahoo saw a huge success with their own livestreaming experiment. If the VR game goes just as well, these new developments could spell exciting changes for cord-cutting sports fans.

H/T Deadline | Screengrab via nextVR/Twitter

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*First Published: Oct 27, 2015, 4:39 pm CDT