2 PACESETTERS 360 ° live VR broadcasting taken to new lengths VR makes its golfing debut T h e i c o n i c 1 7 th h o l e a t T P C Sa w gr a s s couldn’t have been a more fitting place to play host to golf’s live virtual reality debut. In picking one of the hardest holes in go l f , t h e 1 7 th h a d s h r e w d l y b e e n c h o s e n b y the PGA and Intel to bring unparalleled access through live 360 degree video and virtual reality. Produced in partnership with Intel True VR technology, The PGA Tour is looking to bring golfing fans closer to the action than ever before. Through setting up 3 separate c a me r a r i gs a r o u n d t h e 1 7 th h o l e ( i n c l u d i n g a cameraman in the water) Intel allowed golfing fans the opportunity to choose their vantage point on one of golfing’s most dramatic holes. Not only was the experience available to fans who have a Samsung Gear VR headset, but THE PLAYERS Championship also marked the first time Twitter distributed live 360 video during a major sports event. To cap it off Sergio Garcia delighted fans with a first 360 ° view of a 122 yard hole- in-one. Unlike many sports, golf poses a different obstacle with VR broadcasting, through the differing design of each course. Watch this space for the intriguing challenges in the VR world of golf broadcasting. 2017 UEFA Champions League Final This year’s Champions League Final already delivers an exciting prospect with the return of Wales’ wonderkid Gareth Bale to his home city. However, the excitement does not stop there: for the first time ever the UEFA Champions League Final will be available in 360 ° virtual reality. Although this is not the first live 360 ° VR experience, BT Consumer CEO John Petter believes it will be “the biggest multi - camera live 360 ° sporting event ever ” . Picture sitting on your sofa on Saturday night, being able to choose which camera angle you would like to watch the game from…Cool, right? Well , the 360 ° allows viewers to watch the game as if they were pitch-side or sitting in the crowd. Due to such high demand to see the 360 ° VR experience, BT are providing fans with a free pair of VR Google Cardboard headsets in order for them to enjoy the final VR style. Providing easy access for fans to watch the final has been one of BT’s highest priorities, and therefore, with only the need of a smartphone and the download of their App, these glasses provide fans with unparalleled stadium access, without moving from their sofa. To explore this further, make your way to BTSport.com or the BT Sport app … or even YouTube!