NextVR and FOX Sports partner to bring virtual reality to live championship boxing

Virtual reality content continues to grow, and the latest partnership between NextVR and FOX Sports hopes to deliver championship boxing in VR. To achieve this, NextVR will be setting up multiple cameras around the ring, including ringside, which will help deliver a truly immersive experience. This experience will provide fighting fans the best seat possible, without even having to leave their house.

Commentary, graphics and more will also be included in the virtual reality live streams, which is a big bonus. You can grab the NextVR app now from the NextVR portal to access the broadcasts as they become available. Full details can be found below.

Press release:

FOX Sports and NextVR Bring Virtual Reality To Live Championship Boxing

Premier Boxing Champions Card on Saturday to be first North American boxing matches broadcast live in Virtual Reality

Laguna Beach, Jan. 20, 2016 – NextVR, the leader in live-action virtual reality broadcast technology, and FOX Sports will offer the Saturday, January 23 Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) matches, airing on FOX (8:00 PM ET), live in virtual reality.

The Saturday PBC card is headlined by one of the most exciting undefeated fighters in boxing, Danny "Swift" Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs), facing former three-division world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

NextVR will set up multiple cameras around the ring, including ringside, to capture the action in immersive, high-definition virtual reality, providing fight fans the best seat in the house and compelling views they never had access to before. Additionally, fight commentary and graphics will be included in the virtual reality live stream.

"This is the latest example of NextVR's commitment to bring the most compelling live content to sports fans in virtual reality," said Brad Allen, executive chairman of NextVR. "We strive to deliver a great virtual reality experience and the key is great, exciting content."

In 2015, NextVR collaborated with FOX Sports to broadcast the Auto Club 400 NASCAR race in Fontana, Calif., and the United States Open Golf Championship from Chambers Bay in Washington.

"We continue to explore ways to offer FOX Sports viewers the most current and immersive technology available," said David Nathanson, Head of Business Operations for FOX Sports. "Sports fans expect FOX to be on the cutting edge with all of our broadcasts, and through the FOX Lab initiative, we will continue to experiment with new and exciting technologies with all of our partners."

The NextVR PBC boxing broadcast will be available free through the NextVR portal. To watch the live stream of PBC boxing card in virtual reality, Samsung Gear VR owners can download the NextVR app and access the fight through any Gear VR headset compatible phones.

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  • This, right here is what gives me hope that VR will catch on and actually be a thing this time around.... Damn every article that AC posts about vr never gets commented on. Always crickets and tumbleweeds. Chalk it up to being smartphones and not a tech app I guess Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only for Gear VR - boo! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looking forward to this. I love my gear VR! 64gig Gold Note5/AC App
  • Yes, should be a good fight too! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Watched it and gotta say it was pretty cool. There was a slight lag from the live TV (about 15 secs) but was neat to get different perspectives Posted via the Android Central App