Samsung may offer real-time VR broadcasting of 2018 Winter Olympics

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Samsung is planning to offer real-time VR video broadcasting of the 2018 Winter Olympics to viewers through virtual reality headsets. This will make all the viewers feel as if they are right at the event. However, this will not be the first time that Samsung offers VR video coverage of an event. The company offered 360-degree videos from the Rio 2016 Olympics, offering exclusive video content to Gear VR users. The company will use 5G networks for the first time for such a coverage of a sports event.

We plan to offer virtual technology so that, let’s say, viewers with a VR headset in Seoul can enjoy the sports game as if they are at the scene. We are in discussion with the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Broadcasting Services to utilize our VR technology during the Olympics,” said Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Marketing Director Cha Young-Tae at the meeting attended by the ICT vice minister. The meeting was also attended by other Korean tech firms including KT, LG, and SKT.

Samsung is also planning to set up promotional centres in Seoul where it will offer entertainment VR rides that were unveiled during MWC 2017 last month.

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