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Fox Sports to stream boxing card in VR this weekend

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Billy Steele , @wmsteele
01.20.16 in AV

Virtual reality isn't only taking root in gaming and movies, it's hitting the world of sports, too. This weekend, Fox Sports will broadcast its Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage in VR with the help of NextVR. The network says NextVR will install "multiple cameras" around the ring area to give "fight fans the best seat in the house." Of course, that seat is in your living room. In addition to the visuals, Fox will offer commentary and match stats on the VR stream. NextVR has teamed up with the broadcaster before, with coverage of a NASCAR race and golf's US Open last year.

While Fox says this is the first North American boxing card to be broadcast live in VR, it's not the first time this has been done worldwide. Just last weekend, they Hayemaker 360 Android app provided virtual reality coverage of David "Hayemaker" Haye vs. Mark "The Dominator" de Mori live from the UK. Viewers of that event needed only Google Cardboard to get in on the action. You'll need a Samsung Gear VR headset to watch Saturday at 8PM ET, though, and the stream will be available through the NextVR app.

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