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Eurosport to deliver live Winter Olympics VR coverage

VR app will deliver more than 50 hours of live coverage

Eurosport is set to offer the “first ever” live VR coverage of the Olympic Winter Games across Europe.

The Winter Olympics Eurosport VR app will deliver more than 50 hours of live coverage, which will include some of the “biggest moments” from PyeongChang, according to Eurosport.

A wide range of sports will be available live in VR, including alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, short track, ski jumping, skeleton, snowboarding, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Eurosport will also share full on-demand replays and daily highlights packages in VR.

Users will be able to fully personalise their viewing experience, selecting their preferred viewing point from up to six camera positions and immersing themselves with all the sights and sounds within a venue during the live sport.

The VR experience will be delivered by Intel True VR, which uses multiple cameras at the selected events to create the 360-degree VR environment.

Ralph Rivera, MD Eurosport Digital, said: “Discovery has set out to transform the Olympic Winter Games viewing experience, so being able to offer viewers across Europe every minute of the Games and now every angle of some of the biggest events in live VR goes a long way to delivering this promise.

“We want to do this to engage more people, on more screens, with the Games than ever before, offering something new to attract younger audiences. In this way, we hope to make fans care even more about the sports they are passionate about.”

The app is available on iOS and Android phones from 1st February. It is also available on Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream and Windows Mixed Reality headsets from their respective apps stores.