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Eurosport launches VR app, beats Sky and BT to immersive 360-degree sport

Eurosport has launched a new VR app to coincide with the French Open tennis tournament currently taking place at Roland Garros.

The Eurosport VR app provides highlights of each day’s play, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the players – all things you’d probably expect from a sports event app.

What other sports event apps don’t tend to offer, and what Eurosport VR does, is all of the above shot in immersive 360-degree video.

The app also provides 360-degree on-court views, allowing fans to “see the world through the eyes of some of tennis’ biggest stars.”

Eurosport has been something of a pioneer in the field of immersive sports content. It previously released a 360-degree film of skiier Bode Miller’s point of view as he took on the Beaver Creek course, which is also available through the new app.

Indeed, the broadcaster can claim to have beaten such sports broadcasting giants as Sky and BT to the punch when it comes to such immersive content.

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“We continually strive to deliver new and exciting ways for fans to immerse themselves in world-class sport,” says Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton. “Using innovative production technologies, the Eurosport VR app will transport fans right to the heart of the action and bring them closer than ever to their heroes.”

Next, take a look at our HTC Vive hands-on video:

The Eurosport VR app is available to download now on iOS, Android and Oculus devices, which includes the Samsung Gear VR.

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