NBA, NextVR Unveil 2018-19 NBA League Pass VR Schedule; Now Available in Oculus Venues
NBA Digital and NextVR have unveiled the 2018-19 NBA League Pass VR schedule, expanding the number of platforms on which the virtual-reality service is available. This season, NextVR is expanding its distribution of live NBA League Pass VR experiences to include Oculus Venues. Additionally, NextVR will continue to feature weekly immersive stereoscopic 3D games, along with 2D streaming of all League Pass games in NextVR Screening Room and other on-demand content in the NextVR League Pass channel of the NextVR app.
“Now in our third NBA season, we continue to evolve our VR broadcast to provide the highest quality, most immersive NBA experience in VR,” says David Cole, NextVR co-founder and CEO. “Every night of the NBA season, NextVR is providing fans worldwide with multiple live VR viewing options, coupled with free on-demand highlights. The recent additions of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive makes NextVR available on every major VR platform, and our partnership with Oculus Venues dramatically expands the reach of our broadcast and brings social viewing to arguably the best immersive programming available today.”
The live VR schedule tips off during the NBA League Pass Free Preview with two games featuring the Golden State Warriors – Oct. 21 vs. the Denver Nuggets and Oct. 22 vs. the Phoenix Suns. NBA League Pass is part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly managed by the NBA and Turner Sports.
“NextVR continues to deliver an extremely immersive and innovative NBA VR broadcast,” saus Jeff Marsilio, SVP, New Media Distribution, NBA. “And now, with the social capabilities of Oculus Venues, NBA fans can experience a virtual courtside seat next to their friends and family for the first time ever.”
NextVR’s Immersive Broadcast Available on All VR Platforms
The NBA League Pass channel in the NextVR app is the only global destination where fans can experience truly immersive, stereoscopic 3D broadcasts of NBA League Pass games. At least one game per week will be available live via the NextVR app during the season. Additionally, throughout the season, full game replays, game highlights and other feature content will be available in the NBA League Pass channel. The free NextVR app is available for download on every major VR platform – Gear VR, Google Daydream, Microsoft Mixed Reality, PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, and Oculus Rift.
NBA League Pass on Oculus Venues Offers New Social Integration
This season, NBA Digital and NextVR are partnering with Oculus to feature NBA League Pass games in VR in Oculus Venues, where fans can connect with their friends and share the experience with a community of thousands—all LIVE in real time. Everyone who attends an NBA game in Venues will unlock an NBA team jersey for their Oculus Avatar—theirs to keep and wear with pride for the rest of the season. All NBA League Pass games in Venues are licensed by Oculus for access by users of Oculus Venues.
NextVR Screening Room Offers Every Game in a Virtual Environment
Every night this season, NBA League Pass subscribers worldwide can experience every NBA League Pass game in NextVR Screening Room, a VR environment in the NextVR app with games appearing on a theater-sized screen. International NBA League Pass fans can experience every single 2018-19 NBA game in the NextVR Screening Room.
How to Experience NBA League Pass LIVE Games in NextVR
NextVR live games will be available as part of a NBA League Pass subscription, can be purchased as a stand-alone VR package or single game, and are included with a subscription purchased through participating video distributors or directly through the NBA.