Fox Sports Will Stream Super Bowl 51 in VR (Kind Of, Sort Of)


Fox has announced that their sports division, titled Fox Sports, will stream Super Bowl 51 in virtual reality for viewing on smartphones in 360 degrees or via a Google Cardboard or Gear VR headset. However, it’s not as simple as watching the game as if you were there in person. In fact, it’s the exact opposite…

…sort of.

See, because VR is still so delicate and young and probably isn’t fit yet for broadcasting something as big as the Super Bowl, Fox Sports will stream a giant screen from within a “virtual suite” which will display around 20 different highlights from the Super Bowl as the game progresses. Players’ statistics will also be featured in the suite, but other than that, that’s about it. Therefore, this method of watching the big game is kind of a gimmick.

But as Fox notes, it seems that this is a main intention. Fox Sports hopes that those at a party may wanna pass the headset around during the Super Bowl so everyone can check the stream out, but isn’t that what you do with novelty items? Just pass them around for ten minutes, brag, and then let them collect dust for six months? I guess Fox just wants you to dust off that VR headset now and look at something cool for a moment, that’s all. Otherwise, they’d have a 360-degree camera set up on the field and stream the entire Super Bowl on YouTube or something. I mean, I’m just guessing here, but let me know if you agree.

Those who have cable subscriptions with Fox Sports in their package and download the app for iOS or Android can stream the Super Bowl from their “virtual suite,” but that’s it. This means for those who consider themselves “cord-cutters’ will have to stream the game online in 2D. Poor cable-less mortals. When will they learn?

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