NBA and NextVR will offer virtual reality content

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The NBA has expanded its partnership with NextVR to provide virtual reality content through its subscription streaming service, League Pass, every night this season.

For the 2018-19 season, which kicks off on Tuesday, NextVR will feature weekly immersive 3D games. This will be in addition to the 2D streams of every League Pass game that are viewable through NextVR’s its virtual screening room, where games appear on a theater-sized screen. Other on-demand programming, such as highlights, will be available as well. This VR footage will add to a widening array of digital options for basketball fans.

Also new this year is compatibility with both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. Social features have been added to the NBA games streamed through Oculus Venues, allowing fans to watch games live alongside their friends in virtual courtside seats.

“Now in our third NBA season, we continue to evolve our VR broadcast to provide the highest quality, most immersive NBA experience in VR,” said David Cole, NextVR co-founder and chief executive, in a statement. “Every night of the NBA season, NextVR is providing fans worldwide with multiple live VR viewing options, coupled with free on-demand highlights.”

The live VR schedule tips off during the NBA League Pass Free Preview this weekend. The two featured games will both include the the Golden State Warriors: on the road against the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 21, and at home against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 22.

NBA League Pass is part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly managed with Turner Sports. NextVR is the league’s official live VR partner.