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How TV Tech Will Improve Sports Entertainment


2016 has been a landmark year as far as television technology is concerned. HDR had made a comeback in a big way, and is set to mask the successes of 3D and 4K technologies. Quantum Dot technology is promising an experience that is superior to OLED, and it pretty much came out of nowhere. But, the show-stealer in the world of entertainment for the year 2016 was Pokemon Go. This is important because the next revolution in television entertainment might take a leaf out of Pokemon Go.

Virtual Reality will be the defining technology that all future sports will be forced to espouse. Pokemon Go’s success has already shown the world that Virtual Reality is now mature enough to take on the big challenges of the mass entertainment.

People LiveLikeVR showed us exactly how VR will change sports entertainment forever. If they succeed in delivering what they intend to, then watching sports will not be a passive activity anymore. It will be a lot more fun, passionate, and social. For once, sitting on your couch, you will be able to enjoy a sports match from anywhere in the stadium. You can pick and choose which seats you want to occupy, from what angle to watch the game, and what exactly you want to see. Hell, you can enjoy the show from virtual lounges or suites.

That’s not all. You will be able to create your own social event, wherein you and your friends or family will be able to enjoy the matches together virtually, even if they are scattered geographically. Throughout the game, you can enjoy crosstalk, conversations, witty remarks, and other banter as if you are all in the same room. All of this, while you are enjoying the game from your favorite seat in the stadium. There will be an endless number of viewpoints in the virtual stadium, and you can choose which viewpoint you would like to enjoy the game from.


Clearly, this provides for an enhanced sports experience, unlike anything ever heard of before. VR technology allows the fans to enjoy the game exactly the way they like. Giving this much control to the fans surely leads to a personalized experience for them. This experience is at least as good, if not better, than the one at the stadium, considering that you don’t have to endure the traffic or parking issues, inherent to major sporting events. Naturally, major sports leagues are pursuing advancements in this technology, so that it can be implemented as early as possible. For them, the virtual stadiums and lounges translate to more space for adverts.

VR revolution is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sports entertainment. The next step is enriching the experience.

While VR offers a platform for the sports leagues and the sports channels to provide fans a more satisfying experience, enriching this platform will make it even more interesting. At least, that’s the dream of FirstVision. FirstVision is working on wearable technology that will one day change the way we enjoy sports, even on VR. The wearable technology will allow the fans sitting in front of the television to enjoy the games from the first player’s perspective. In other words, in the future, you will be able to enjoy a sports event from the perspective of your favorite player.

Each of the players will sport wearable technology, all of which will be interconnected to provide a seamless experience to the fans. They would be able to change their vantage points from one player to another to enjoy a highly immersive sporting event. Not only this, the wearable technology on the players will provide the fans with real time information such as each player’s game stats, heart rate, current speed, and so on.

All of these advancements will affect every type of sport out there. This can mean a huge thing for sports lovers. Take for instance, the Formula One races. If the fans are able to get a VR experience of the racing from a participating car’s perspective, then it can translate to a mind-blowing experience. Watching a superstar racer thunder across the tar at hundreds of miles per hour speed, as they overtake rival cars in perilous situations, with breathtaking skill is exactly what the racing fans have been waiting to enjoy for nearly a century.

All of these technologies are not in some distant future. They are happening right now, at this very moment. NextVR has already tested live streaming of VR enhanced NASCAR races, although to a small group of executives. But, the fact that it is possible means that at this very moment, it is being scaled for mass adoption.


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