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In a first, Hotstar to stream Kabaddi World Cup in 3D virtual reality

MUMBAI: In a first in India for any live sporting event, OTT platform Hotstar will stream the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup games in stereoscopic 3D Virtual Reality (VR), giving sports fans in the country an experience that has been rarely witnessed anywhere in the world.

HotstarHotstar users will be able to access both 2D and 3D VR streams, in addition to the regular broadcast streams, on its iOS and Android apps.

The VR experience will allow sports fans to get a complete panoramic view of the game and the stadium using touch and gyroscope.

Sports fans can also enjoy an immersive 3D experience on Samsung Gear VR headsets and Google Cardboard devices. For the first time ever, fans will be able to switch between different cameras in a 360-degree experience.

To enable this dramatic new experience, the Kabaddi World Cup games will be shot in stereoscopic 3D using two camera pods (in addition to the multi-camera set-up of the traditional production) including 12 cameras per pod, which allows for immersive production and stereoscopic capture. Users of Samsung Gear VR will have access to the Hotstar app on the Oculus store, another initiative from Hotstar.

kabaddi-worldcup-ahmedabad-2016-logoThe live VR stream for the Kabaddi World Cup will be available to fans in two formats—a personalised, 2D user-controlled experience for viewers without headsets, and in full stereoscopic, TrueVRTM for Google Cardboard and Gear VR headsets. It is the first time VR content from a live event of this magnitude will be available on multiple headsets and mobile operating systems.

Hotstar users will be able to access the live TrueVRTM feed by either selecting the Google Cardboard feature in Hotstar’s iOS and Android apps or by downloading the Hotstar Gear VR app from the Oculus Store.

Ajit MohanHotstar CEO Ajit Mohan said, “We owe our loyal and growing platform users the very best video experience in the world. Fans in India look to Hotstar to set the benchmark for video streaming. We are excited to bring a dramatic new live experience to sports fans.”

Over the last few months, Hotstar has repeatedly delivered innovations on its platform that have set new benchmarks for consumers in the country who are switching to mobile as their primary screen for high-quality shows and movies. Most recently, the platform made it possible for users to download its portfolio of local TV shows, movies and sports highlights to the phone, a pioneering effort that is a rarity in the world of premium streaming platforms.

Besides Hotstar, Star India has dedicated four language feeds for the tournament. Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD 2 will air the English feed. Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD 3 will have the Hindi feed.

Suvarna Plus and Maa Movies will have Kannada and Telugu feeds respectively.

As reported earlier by TelevisionPost.com, the broadcaster has roped in a total of five sponsors. Besides Patanjali Special Chyawanprash as the co-presenting sponsors, the other sponsors include Volini, Thums Up, Syska LED and Indo Nissin. The sponsors will have on-ground as well as on-air presence.

The Kabaddi World Cup, to be held in Ahmedabad from 7 to 22 October, will see 12 national teams participating from across the globe. These teams have been divided into two groups, viz. A and B. Group A comprises India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Australia, England and Argentina, while Iran, Thailand, Japan, USA, Poland and Kenya are in Group B.

Tournament favourites India begin their tournament journey with the first match against South Korea on 7 October 8 pm onwards.

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