The BBC has launched its first ever 360 degree video service in a bid to offer more immersive programming during the #Rio 2016 Olympics.
The experimental service will be rolling out from today, and aims to bring armchair sports fans closer to the action than ever before.
It will offer a multi angle perspective on a range of sporting events including athletics and boxing, and even 360 degree views of the opening and closing ceremonies.
The British broadcaster said it would be “the next best thing” for those that can’t make it over to Brazil for this year’s Olympics.
Kicking off on Friday 5 August through a dedicated trial app called BBC Sport 360, the service will be available on Android and iOS, and work with a Samsung Gear VR headset.
Coverage will also be available online through BBC Taster, allowing people to try, rate and give feedback helping the BBC learn from the experimental service.
The service will be showing live 360 video footage of an event each day during the Games, with around 100 hours in total, and a choice of up to four different camera angles plus a daily 360 video highlights package.
“This is a hugely exciting next step in our 360 and virtual reality experiments,” said Will Saunders, editorial lead for BBC Taster.
“There’s huge potential for immersive video in sport coverage, as well as many other genres, and we want to explore that potential directly with audiences.
“That’s why we experiment out in the open, so people can tell us what works, what doesn’t and whether there’s an appetite for more. We can’t wait to hear what people think.”
To get the BBC Sport 360 trial, simply download the app onto an Android or iOS device, and then slot your phone into a Samsung Gear VR headset if you have one.
If you don’t have a headset, you can still view the 360 video content on a smartphone, tablet or desktop PC by logging onto the BBC Taster website and manually scrolling or moving your device around the video for a full 360 degree view.
Running alongside the new 360 video offering will be BBC Sport a dedicated digital service for the Rio Olympics, which will bring every event live from Brazil with up to 24 live HD streams, catch-up video, and personalised features and services.
This is all available by simply visiting the BBC Sport website, downloading the BBC Sport app or watching on a Connected TV.
The Rio 2016 Olympics, officially start on August 5, although there will be Olympic football matches as early as August 3.