Rio 2016: Could this be the ultimate way to watch Games?

Sunshine Coast athlete Alana Boyd in action ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sunshine Coast athlete Alana Boyd in action ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Greg Miller

FORGET your old television, this could be the ultimate way to watch the Olympic Games from Rio, especially if you can't get there.

Seven has partnered with Samsung to deliver 100 hours of live and on demand virtual reality and 360 video.

The catch is you have one of the latest Samsung smart phones and a Samsung Gear VR to watch it in its full glory.

The coverage will be available via the '7Rio VR 2016 app. 

Selected daily highlights on demand will also be available via

Seven says the app will offer up to 100 hours of VR and 360 vision including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, men's basketball, gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball, diving, boxing and fencing as well as highlight packages of those sports.

Kurt Burnette, of Seven West Media, said the Olympic Games promised to be the largest aggregated audience ever seen across platforms and screens.

"We are delighted to be working with Samsung to add another new dimension of content immersion to our coverage of the Olympic Games.

"Our move into virtual reality with Samsung was purposely created to bring Australians closer to the Games than ever before with 100 hours of virtual reality and 360° video.

"This move further underlines Seven's commitment to innovation and our mission to increase our content's presence in new forms of delivery."

If you're not into the Games, Samsung's fully-immersive 360-degree device enables people to enjoy a library of premium and entertaining games, apps, photos and videos wherever they are.

Key features of the official VR Olympics app include:

• Experience Virtual Reality and 360° video of up to 100 hours of live events from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on selected compatible devices
• Relive daily highlights of amazing moments in VR and 360° video
• Choose between multiple camera angles on live streams of selected sports
• Share highlights on your social media channels 
• Watch 360° video without the need for goggles

Topics:  olympic games rio2016 samsung virtual reality

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