TNT, NBA launch virtual reality app ahead of All-Star weekend

TNT has recreated Studio J in VR and has it serve as the hub for available VR programming. (Image: TNT/NBA)

TNT and the NBA are officially releasing the NBA on TNT virtual reality app, using Intel’s True VR technology, ahead of the 2018 All-Star weekend.

TNT has recreated Studio J in VR and has it serving as the hub for available VR programming, which includes game highlights, game recaps, select live NBA on TNT games and full game replays in VR. Viewers will need to login with pay-TV credentials to access the full games.

The free app is available through the Oculus and Google Play stores and works with Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream hardware.

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The companies said that every game will feature at least four camera angles, and present viewers with the option to watch courtside or from up in the stands for a bird’s eye view.

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Events available this weekend through the VR app include:

  • 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 16
  • State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL Three-Point Contest and Verizon Slam Dunk), 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17
  • 67th NBA All-Star Game, 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18

After All-Star weekend, the NBA on TNT VR app will be showing one NBA game in VR per week:

  • LA Clippers @ Golden State, 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22
  • Philadelphia @ Cleveland, 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 1
  • Boston @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 8
  • Houston @ Portland, 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 20
  • Oklahoma City @ San Antonio, 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 29
  • Washington @ Cleveland, 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 5
  • Boston @ Washington, 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 10

The app will also offer select NBA on TNT playoff games, through the 2018 Western Conference Finals.

TNT, the NBA and Intel first announced plans for the virtual reality app and live game productions in November 2017.