What’s that? The Champions League final is available in VR… for free!?
23rd May 2017
We’re just days away from the biggest clash in European football, and this year, our friends over at BT Sport are taking you closer to the action than ever before. For the first time ever, you can watch the UEFA Champions League final in 360° virtual reality – totally for free!
That’s right, as Ronaldo, Buffon and co. kick-off the final on 3rd June, you can be right there with them, without having to leave your house.
As part of the game-changing experience, you’ll be able to watch the final through the new BT Sport VR App, which offers a range of camera angles to make it feel like you’re actually pitchside or in the crowd.
And don’t worry if you don’t own any VR gear: BT Sport are giving away FREE Google Cardboard headsets in the build-up to the final! You just slot in your smartphone and there you have it, your very own VR headset.
If you want in, here’s how to get hold of one:
• Pick one up in person from EE stores throughout the UK from Tuesday, 23rd May
• At London Waterloo, London Liverpool Street and Birmingham New Street stations on Friday, 2nd June
• From the BT Sport stand in the UEFA Champions Village, Cardiff Bay, on the weekend of the final
And if you don’t manage to get your hands on a VR headset in time, don’t worry, you can still enjoy club football’s biggest match in 360° completely free via the BT Sport VR app or the BT Sport YouTube channel. Simply move your smartphone to pan around the stadium and choose between 8 different camera angles.
The groundbreaking coverage is set to make football and broadcasting history, and BT Sport are clearly buzzing to be spearheading this innovative approach. Speaking of the move into virtual reality, BT Consumer Chief Executive John Petter said: “We believe that VR can offer our viewers an immersive second screen view which will enhance our coverage. We’re excited to be broadcasting what we believe to be the biggest multi-camera live 360° sporting event ever for the first time to our customers.”
BT Sport streaming the Champions League final in 360 degree VR on YouTube for free. Finally, it’s the future.— Chris Gornell (@abougu) 16 May 2017
And while 360° VR sport will be a new experience for most, you can still expect all the usual things that make BT Sport’s coverage so epic. Gary Lineker will be there, of course. As will Champions League winners Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Steve McManaman and Owen Hargreaves to provide expert analysis and discuss all the game’s talking points.
So, how will you be watching the Champions League final this year? We know what we’ll be doing!
The UEFA Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid kicks off at 19:45 on Saturday, 3rd June at Cardiff’s National Stadium – with coverage starting on BT Sport 2 from 18:00. For full details on all the different ways you can watch the game for free, head to BT Sport’s VR page.