2016 Rio Olympics in VR 

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Samsung is making the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics  available in virtual reality. Exclusive provider Samsung will make about 85 hours of Olympic coverage available to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users with the Samsung Gear VR after downloading the NBC sports app. This is the first time the Olympics will be shown in VR. The potential experience will be amazing for viewers.

Events covered are the Opening and Closing ceremonies, men’s basketball, gymnastics, track and field, diving, boxing, fencing, and beach volleyball. Personally, I’d love to see the fencing competition in VR. All the jumps and twirls of gymnastics may get dizzying, but what a thrill to experience the games in virtual reality!

VR content will be viewable through Samsung from August 6, the day after Opening ceremonies through August 22, the day after Closing ceremonies. There will be delays in content availability but it will be worth the short wait to have a 360-degree immersive experience . Now you can have a near in-person observation point for many sporting events. See the sweat fly, sand scatter, water spray and bodies move in a way not seen before!

One sport will be shown in virtual reality each day during the Olympic season. In between VR trips to the Olympics, join me in using the Samsung phone to choose best bingo sites while we eagerly anticipate the next days event. Samsung customers will be able to view the VR events through TV Everywhere on the NBC Sports app after authenticating with their pay TV provider. The international Olympics has always been a venue for cutting edge technology, so no one should be surprised that the current explosion of virtual reality would be right there to be a part of the show.

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Beth Reid

I love to write and do taxes. Nature is my inspiration and technology is my format. I have four adult children and two grandkids that keep me happy and busy.

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