Fans of golf will be able to experience the PGA tour up close and personal as the PGA Tour and The Players Championship have announced that the 17th hole will be broadcast live in 360-degree video.
The footage will be available using a Samsung Gear VR headset via the PGA Tour VR Live app, which is available free to download from the Oculus Store. For fans who don’t have access to a Gear VR, the broadcast will also be available as a 360-degree video stream on the official PGA Tour twitter account.
The live virtual reality (VR) experience is being provided by a collaboration between PGA and Intel, using Intel’s True VR technology. A 360-degree camera will be placed on the 17th tee, another on the walkway from the tee box to the green and a third in the water next to the island green.
“We are excited that THE PLAYERS Championship will host the PGA TOUR’s first live virtual reality production,” said Rick Anderson, PGA TOUR Chief Media Officer. “The PGA TOUR has experimented with virtual reality content for nearly two years. We tested Intel’s True VR technology on a live basis at the Genesis Open in February, and were very pleased with the quality. We decided that executing a live VR experience on one of the most dramatic holes in golf was something that our fans would love, and the fact that we are partnering with Twitter to deliver 360 video will offer tremendous scale.”
“The Intel True VR platform will provide golf fans with a new, immersive experience using our end-to-end solution. From our stereoscopic cameras at the iconic 17th hole to creating a PGA TOUR VR application for THE PLAYERS Championship, we work with our partners to create the best fan experience,” said David Aufhauser, managing director, Intel Sports Group. “Working with the PGA TOUR, as well as global distribution via Twitter and Periscope, gives us the ability to expand the Intel True VR experience to more fans.”
The Players Championship takes place between 11-14th May 2017 and VR and 360-degree streams will be available for all four days of the tournament.
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