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Baseball’s home-run derby to be broadcast in VR tonight

When I was nine years old, my dad and I took Amtrak from San Francisco to San Diego to sit in the second-farthest seats from home plate in Jack Murphy Stadium to watch the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Suffice to say, we could barely see the field. That’s a little different view than what … Continue reading “Baseball’s home-run derby to be broadcast in VR tonight”

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When I was nine years old, my dad and I took Amtrak from San Francisco to San Diego to sit in the second-farthest seats from home plate in Jack Murphy Stadium to watch the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Suffice to say, we could barely see the field.

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That’s a little different view than what I could get tonight if I strapped on a Samsung Gear VR headset to watch baseball’s biggest boppers take part in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby at San Diego’s Petco Park.

Thanks to a deal between Major League Baseball Advanced Media and NextVR, a leading producer of virtual reality content, fans will be able to watch the derby in VR 15 minutes after it happens, shot from several field-level cameras.

NextVR has made several forays into broadcasting live sports in virtual reality (NBA basketball, NHL hockey, and others). 

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Daniel Terdiman is a San Francisco-based technology journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. A veteran of CNET and VentureBeat, Daniel has also written for Wired, The New York Times, Time, and many other publications

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