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BT Sport to broadcast Champions League final in 360-degree VR

Users will be able to choose between a 360-degree produced programme with commentary and graphics, or select their own camera viewpoint

For the second season running, BT will make this season’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League finals available for free.

The finals will be available via YouTube and the BT website as well as the BT Sport channels and app.

The Champions League final will be available for in 4K UHD on YouTube and 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos sound on BT TV.

Fans can also watch the matches through a number of 360-degree streams on YouTube and the new BT Sport Virtual Reality App, allowing viewers to choose between a 360-degree produced programme with commentary and graphics, or to select their own camera viewpoint.

John Petter, CEO, BT consumer, said: “Making the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League available for free to everyone in the UK shows that BT really is serious about making sport much more accessible to the public.

“These are two of the biggest club football tournaments in the world and showing them live on social media and on mobile devices makes it more readily available to a younger audience as well as available to traditional TV viewers. We believe that VR can offer our viewers an immersive second screen view which will enhance our coverage. We’re excited to be broadcasting what we believe to be the biggest multi-camera live 360° sporting event ever for the first time to our customers.”

YouTube senior director in EMEA, Stephen Nuttall, added: “Our users love football, so we’re seriously excited to bring BT Sport’s ground-breaking coverage of these two massive games live on YouTube, for a second year running. Fans today expect quality content on every screen and this partnership delivers just that.

“People can enjoy it wherever they are, on any screen and experience new ways of watching the beautiful game. Super high resolution, 360-degree VR – we can’t wait.”