VR experience of NHL Games

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  1. Cat Herder

    Cat Herder Formerly BigSensFan

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    So I bought an Oculus Quest the other day. I decided to use the Facebook Live app to watch the stream of the Rookie Tournament for the Sens being broadcast by the Bellville Senators Facebook page. While it was just appeared to be a large screen (like a movie theater) it got me thinking that the NHL should add VR cameras in rinks so you can watch in VR (as if you were in the Rink) if you subscribe to NHL Center Ice.

    I for one would resub to Center Ice if they did this
     
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    That would be pretty cool, although I feel like streaming that live would make it hard to avoid lagging
     
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    To have a 360 type of view from inside the ring you would need to have a camera inside the ring, it would be quite in the way of the player.

    What they would have is probably having something similar to what they did here:
    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/user-controlled-camera-debuts-on-hockey-night-1.783133
    On in actual VR:
    NHL Brings Its Games to Virtual Reality

    Not an inside the ring view, but one like if you had a first row ticket.

    Or place you in the crowd to watch the game, like for concert:
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/vr-concerts-1.3575077

    For both I doubt people would watch full game and many of them that way, but would try it just to see what it look like, if they just got there VR set.
     
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    I think we'll get to the point where 360 cameras will be small enough to be helmet-moubted within a few years. If not live, then at least on-demand after the game.
     
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    Are... you going to supply the vr goggles when I have a watch party? thx!
     
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    I don't like it. Players would have to watch their language and act like they are on camera all the time, even on the bench.
     
  7. Kamiccolo

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    The cup final is in VR and it's amazing.
     
  8. Cat Herder

    Cat Herder Formerly BigSensFan

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    I didnt say they have to stop the regular broadcasts, just that they should add a VR camera in the rinks and provide a stream of the VR online
     
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    If full VR became a mainstream thing for NHL, whether for all games or for the big ones, I have a feeling that the NHL would become the top sports league in the world.
     
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    That would be cool. I feel like one of the refs should just carry one of those 360 cameras around the ice the whole game.
     
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    Where!!???
     
  12. Boy Hedican

    Boy Hedican Sharks don’t eat people, refs do...

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    for what? You’d throw up instantly if you were experiencing VR from those.

    VR for live events only works well with stationary cameras. Seats are an obvious choice, as are high in the rafters, but so are areas along the boards.

    since the cameras are not actually moving with you (like tendered VR, which still is problematic), you want to simulate sitting and with just rotating/pivoting your head to look around.

    anything else would be unusable for 99.9% of viewers.
     
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    I like this idea. VR will be the standard for gaming, movies, games, cough*porn*hiccupfart etc in the near future.

    I think if you hung a 360 camera from the Jumbotron you’d get the best results. While you wouldn’t be moving with the players, you’d have the best seat in the house and wouldn’t get motion sickness in a matter of minutes.
     
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    You are right.

    Ya, all tech are here, 5K~960p SBS video, video streaming, VR 180, 60 fps, binaural sound. I think the real problem is pricing.
     
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    Boy Hedican Sharks don’t eat people, refs do...

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    So uhh, this is pretty cool and dangerously convincing btw. :naughty:
     
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    When Sportsnet did a few games a couple of years ago for Google Cardboard style VR sets it was pretty crude but still really cool. Just wait till it's high enough quality that the teams will sell you a virtual season ticket.
     
  18. God Bless Mr Gritty

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    You do realize you can make a camera without a microphone, and that with the number of cameras used in every modern broadcast, basically every player is already on camera at all times, correct?
     
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    If nothing else, I think it would be AMAZING to have people in the arena doing this, while we at home watch them on tv .. bouncing all over the place haha
     
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    I would finally be able to zoom in and focus on Crosby's crotch for an entire duration of a hockey game.

    And, you know, stuff like this:

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