Intel Pledges Winter Olympics Will Be 'Largest-Scale VR Event'

Intel Pledges Winter Olympics Will Be 'Largest-Scale VR Event'

Making its Olympic debut at February's XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, is the distribution of 4K HDR to cable, satellite and telco providers, NBC Olympics announced in a press release. It will mark the first time ever that VR will be available for a Winter Olympics and that Olympic VR programming will be live in the U.S on a wide range of devices and platforms. Unfortunately, that means a new paid subscription will be required for those who don't already have one, but that may turn out to be worth it. Today they set out their stall for the Winter Olympics, with the big hopes in the para-snowboarding and wheelchair curling.

NBC presented some VR content during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but those events were made available the following day, rather than live.

Intel TrueVR "pods" at each event will create a 360 degree virtual environment where viewers can watch.

NBC Olympics will also provide content prior to the start of the Games, with behind-the-scenes content captured with Intel True VR technology. Verizon has announced that it's waiving worldwide roaming fees for customers who are going to attend the Winter Olympics.

On-Demand Highlights: Post-event, on-demand 3- to 5-minute features will be available showcasing the best moments from each event.

Germany, Norway and Canada are expected to finish atop the medals table at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, according to a forecast issued Wednesday.

Team USA will be dressed to impress at this year's Winter Olympics.

The Pyeongchang Olympic Games are less than a month away, and American athletes are getting ready to go for the gold.

Attitudes have changed, however, and the amount of National Lottery and government funding for the Olympics and Paralympics has risen to more than 32 million pounds ($43 million) across eight sports.