BBC Offer Best (Digital) Olympic Games Seats With 360-Degree Video

By Gerald Lynch on at

It may not be delivering 4K Olympic games coverage from Rio, but that's not to say the BBC isn't going to try something new when broadcasting the competition this summer. It's today revealed its BBC Sport 360 app for iOS, Android and Samsung's Gear VR virtual reality headset, letting you catch the sporting action from every angle with 360-degree video coverage.

The "experimental" service will launch on Friday, with a sizeable 100 hours of coverage planned from the competition.

This will include both the opening ceremony on Friday August 5th and closing ceremony on August 22nd, with boxing, beach volleyball, gymnastics and athletics events getting the 360-treatment. With as many as four different camera angles per event, you'll have a better view than most of the people actually in the stadia.

The full schedule of the Beeb's 360-degree coverage (with UK timings) is as follows:

• Friday, August 5, 0000-0330 - Opening Ceremony
• Saturday, August 6, 1400-1750, 1930-2020, 0100-0450 - Beach Volleyball
• Sunday, August 7, 1400-1750, 1930-2020, 0100-0450 - Beach Volleyball
• Monday, August 8, 1500-1800, 2100-0000 - Boxing
• Tuesday, August 9, 1500-1800, 2100-0000 - Boxing
• Wednesday, August 10, 2000-2245 - Artistic Gymnastics
• Thursday, August 11, 2000-2210 - Artistic Gymnastics
• Friday, August 12, 1300-1930, 2100-2350 - Fencing
• Saturday, August 13, 1330-1650 & 0000-0315 - Athletics
• Sunday, August 14, 0020-0230 - Athletics
• Monday, August 15, 1330-1610 & 0015-0250 - Athletics
• Tuesday, August 16, 1330-1640 & 0015-0250 - Athletics
• Wednesday, August 17, 0200-0505 - Beach Volleyball
• Thursday, August 18, 0200-0505 - Beach Volleyball
• Friday, August 19, 1930-2130 - Basketball (Men's SFs)
• Saturday, August 20, 1500-1650 & 1930-2200 - Diving
• Sunday, August 21, 1530-1730 & 1945-2205 - Basketball (Men's Finals)
• Monday, August 22, 0000-0330 - Closing Ceremony