NCAA March Madness Live VR App to Offer Virtual Reality Coverage Throughout the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Fans Can Watch Games During the First and Second Rounds, Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and National Championship Through a Fully Immersive Virtual Reality Experience
NCAA March Madness Live VR – developed by Turner Sports, in partnership with CBS Sports and the NCAA – will bring fans closer than ever before to the madness of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship with expanded live game coverage in virtual reality. The March Madness Live VR app, powered by Intel® True VR, will offer fans an immersive virtual experience with select games beginning with the first and second rounds and continuing throughout the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and National Championship.
Virtual reality coverage will be available this year for 21 games – the most ever in tournament history – including first and second round games in Dallas and Charlotte, Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games from the West Region in Los Angeles and East Region in Boston, along with the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals and National Championship in San Antonio. NCAA March Madness Live VR is available to download for free starting today in the Oculus Store and the Google Play store.
Fans will have access to a virtual courtside seat via two ticket options:
- VR Ticket – for $2.99 per game, fans can enjoy watching their favorite team in VR by selecting the camera they want to watch from or via fully-produced VR coverage incorporating multiple courtside cameras and sounds from inside the arena. During the first and second rounds, audio will include game commentary from the telecasts across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. For Sweet 16 and Elite 8 action, fans will have exclusive play-by-play and dedicated game commentary featuring Spero Dedes and analyst Steve Smith from Los Angeles and Rich Waltz and Steve Lavin from Boston. Dedes and Smith will also call the Semifinal and National Championship games.
- VR Tournament Pass – for $19.99, fans can bundle the experience to access all 21 games and features available in VR, with commentary from Dedes, Lavin, Smith and Waltz.
NCAA March Madness Live VR will also provide access to an interactive bracket that updates throughout the tournament, full length game replays, highlights from all games in 2D & VR, and video-on-demand that includes behind-the-scene access, coach and player interviews and more. Additionally, Intel® True View will let fans relive the most action-packed moments with 360-degree views of the best highlights from the Final Four.
For the eighth consecutive year, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live.
This year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, March 31, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 2, will air on TBS, with corresponding TeamCast presentations on TNT and TruTV.
Intel is an official corporate partner of the NCAA.
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 and professional golf, along with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League beginning in Summer 2018. The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across digital and social platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated 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 jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA League Pass, the NBA App and NBAGLEAGUE.com. Turner Sports has announced plans to launch a premium sports OTT platform in Spring 2018.
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; college football, including the SEC ON CBS; college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship; golf, including The Masters®, PGA Championship and PGA TOUR; 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 CBSSports.com in creating a recognized leader in 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: Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Google Cloud, Infiniti, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott International, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.
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