Newport Beach start-up NextVR has partnered with
The games can be viewed in virtual reality only through NBA League Pass, a subscription service that broadcasts games on multiple devices and on television.
NBA League Pass is part of NBA Digital, which is jointly managed by the NBA and Turner Sports.
The virtual reality game broadcasts will be "fully produced" with announcers and multiple camera angles, according to NBA Digital. During game breaks, it said, viewers can see the entertainment at the venue, behind-the-scenes footage and VR-specific commentary.
Perspectives of the game can include views from behind the backboard, from center court and from a higher seat in the arena, NBA Digital said. It said the production team manages the switching of the camera angles to make the changes less jarring.
At first, viewers will be able to use only Samsung Gear VR headsets to watch the games on NextVR's app. Compatibility with other headsets will be added later this season, NBA Digital said.
The first game broadcast in VR will be Oct. 27 between the
NextVR is building its business around sports and music event coverage in virtual reality.
The company has deals with
Last year, NextVR partnered with the NBA and Turner Sports to stream in VR a
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9 a.m.: This article was updated to include information about camera angles, as well as details on other deals NextVR has made.