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NBC is planning 85 hours of virtual reality (VR) programming for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games available exclusively on Samsung devices, and only for pay-TV subscribers of participating cable and satellite operators.

rio 2016The programming will be captured by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and supplied to NBC Olympics, and will include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Maracana Stadium, men’s basketball (including the semi-finals and final), gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball, diving, boxing and fencing. The VR line-up will feature on sport or event per day for the duration of the Games.

“The world’s greatest sporting event is always a showcase for cutting-edge technology, and we’re thrilled to partner with Samsung and OBS to bring our viewers even closer to compelling Olympic action with virtual reality,” said Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics.

All VR programming will be presented on a one-day delay.

NBC Olympics is doing something similar with its 4K UltraHD coverage. That telecast will be made available on one-day delay and will include 4K UltraHD footage from the opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, track and field, basketball, the men’s soccer final and judo, as well as Rio scenics.