NCAA® March Madness® Live™ to Present NCAA® Final Four® Semifinals and National Championship in Virtual Reality for First Time
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
NCAA March Madness Live VR App Sponsored by Capital One to Provide Virtual Reality Experience via Samsung Gear VR Powered by Oculus
March Madness Live to Offer 2D, 180-Degree Stream on Desktop
NCAA March Madness Live, managed by Turner Sports – in partnership with CBS, NCAA Corporate Champion Capital One and Oculus – will provide live game coverage of the NCAA Final Four Semifinals and National Championship in virtual reality for the first time. The 180-degree live stream – produced in collaboration with VOKE and available via a new virtual reality version of the NCAA March Madness Live app in the Oculus Store – will allow fans to follow the live game action while using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus. The NCAA March Madness Live VR App is available to download for free through the Oculus store.
Along with the live game presentation from a courtside perspective, fans will also have the opportunity to view a virtual scoreboard with live stats. Audio will include game commentary from Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson during the telecast airing on TBS, along with sounds from the arena. Additionally, the full tournament bracket will also be presented in the app, complete with video highlights from each game.
NCAA March Madness Live will also offer a 2D, 180-degree live stream on desktop for the Final Four Semifinals and National Championship game, along with 360-degree highlights posted to the NCAA March Madness Facebook page. Complete details to access the experience are available at www.ncaa.com/marchmadnesslive.
This year’s Final Four Semifinals and National Championship will be televised on TBS, marking the first time in the 78-year history of the event that the title game is airing on cable television. The Semifinals will be held Saturday, April 2, with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET, with the National Championship taking place on Monday, April 4, starting at 7 p.m. ET. In addition to the traditional coverage on TBS, “Team Stream by Bleacher Report” or team-specific productions will be available on TNT and truTV.
This year marks the sixth year of the partnership between CBS Sports and Turner Sports to provide live coverage of all 67 games from the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – with all games streamed on NCAA March Madness Live.
About Turner Sports
Turner Sports, a division of Turner, is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, ELEAGUE, boxing and professional golf. The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.
About CBS Sports
CBS Sports, a year-round leader in television sports, broadcasts a portfolio of events on the CBS Television Network, including THE NFL ON CBS; “Thursday Night Football;” college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship; golf, including The Masters®, PGA Championship and PGA TOUR; college football, including the SEC ON CBS; and CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR. In addition, the division includes CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports; produces INSIDE THE NFL for SHOWTIME; and partners with CBS SPORTS RADIO and CBSSports.com in creating recognized leaders in sports radio and digital.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola as official corporate champions and the following elite companies as official corporate partners: Allstate, Amazon Echo, Bing (Microsoft), Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s, Unilever and UPS.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $217.7 billion in deposits and $334.0 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2015. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.
Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the Capital One Bowl (formerly the Florida Citrus Bowl) in 2001. Since that time, Capital One has sponsored programs including the Capital One Mascot Challenge and Capital One Academic All-America Program. In 2010, it created the Capital One Cup to recognize the best men's and women's Division 1 College Athletics Programs in the country and awards a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships. As an NCAA Corporate Champion, Capital One supports all 90 NCAA Championships. In 2014, Capital One became an official sponsor of the Capital One Orange Bowl and the new College Football Playoff.
VOKE, Inc.’s comprehensive virtual reality product portfolio and innovative end-to-end media platform is quickly establishing VOKE as a world leader in providing new media immersive fan experiences for sports, music and entertainment events. Learn more at www.vokevr.com and contact us at info@VOKEvr.com or 509-335-6454.
Oculus lets you experience anything, anywhere through the power of virtual reality. The company was founded in 2012 by a passionate team of VR enthusiasts. Following Oculus’ Kickstarter campaign, the company shipped its first development kit (DK1) in March 2013. It was later acquired by Facebook in July 2014. Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus, provide immersive VR experiences, from games and movies, to 360 videos and beyond, all available in the Oculus Store. Oculus has teams all over the world building the future of VR, including offices in San Francisco, Menlo Park, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas and Pittsburgh.
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