MLB expands its VR content plans with Samsung

SunTrust Park in Atlanta. (MLB)

Samsung and Major League Baseball are expanding their VR content deal with a multinational partnership and more than 20 videos exclusive to the Samsung VR app.

The new content is promising to place viewers face to face with MLB players and provide unique views of ballparks. The new videos will feature coverage of MLB All-Star events, the American League and National League Championship Series, and the World Series itself.

The new VR content is available in Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan and the U.S.


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“Through our partnership with MLB, we’re taking sports entertainment to a new level as we continue to explore what’s possible with VR,” said Michael Schmier, vice president of content and services for Samsung Electronics America, in a statement. “Now, with Samsung Gear VR, fans all over the world will be transported right into the action, gaining engaging access to baseball’s most exciting competitors, moments and ballparks, no matter where they are.”

RELATED: MLB, Intel sign three-year deal for weekly live VR baseball games

The MLB has been busy this month signing deals that will expand virtual reality content options for its fans, including a new deal with Intel to capture weekly games in VR using Intel’s TrueVR platform.

Starting June 6, Intel will livestream one weekly, out-of-market game every Tuesday via the Intel True VR app, and also offer post-game highlights and on-demand replays of each game, according to a news release.

Intel will use multiple 4K-resolution cameras to give users the ability to control their vantage point by selecting from up to four camera angles per game or a produced VR broadcast experience. The broadcasts will also include player and team statistics throughout the game, and exclusive in-app commentary.

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