The NBA has extended its partnership with VR technology company NextVR to deliver 27 live games during the 2017-18 season in VR, as well as a called Screening Room for other NBA League Pass games. Today they announced that they're doing it again, starting with a free preview on October 21st when the Houston Rockets host the Dallas Mavericks. Jeff Marsilio, NBA Vice President, Global Media Distribution, said in a statement that the fan response then was "overwhelmingly positive". Additionally, the screen will display infographics of live stats within the field of play.
There's also a new feature called Screening Room, which will allow subscribers to watch any NBA League Pass game on a giant 2D virtual movie theater-sized screen even if the game isn't being streamed in VR. This feature, as well as the 27 live games, will also be available to worldwide League Pass subscribers.
You will also be allowed to select up to 13 games that will live stream on a massive virtual reality screen. Those with a Samsung Gear VR headset or Google Daydream, and a compatible smartphone, can download he app for free the Oculus Store or Play Store.
It's similar to Major League Baseball enabling MLB.TV subscribers this season to use At Bat VR to watch live games on a traditional feed in a VR environment.
If you don't have an NBA League Pass, fans can pay $7 Dollars for the game you wish to stream, courtesy of the NBA's on-demand service.
"Following a ground-breaking first season of National Basketball Association games in VR, we will introduce new product features, including real-time graphics floating like holograms within the field-of-play, deliver sharper images, and introduce more VR devices to fans", said David Cole, NextVR CEO.