BT to provide 360° and 4K UHD Champions League final for first time

BT SportBT is to provide coverage of the Champions League football final in 360° video for the first time.

The telco will make 360° coverage of the match available on YouTube and the new BT Sport Virtual Reality App, allowing viewers to choose between a 360°produced programme with commentary and graphics, or select their own camera viewpoint.

The final will also be available in 4K UHD on YouTube for the first time on BT TV in 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos.

BT said that a 10Mbps minimum connection would be required for the 360° VR viewing experience,.

BT has committed to make the Champions League and Europa League finals available for free on YouTube, the BT website, BT Sport channels and the app.

The matches this year will be shown live, for free on BT Sport Showcase HD, BT TV, Virgin Media, Sky, live on BT Sport’s YouTube channel and the BT Sport App, which provides extra statistics, angles and exclusive content.

“BT Sport wants to offer the best possible experience to our viewers and so for this year’s UEFA Champions League final not only are we broadcasting in 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos sound, our live YouTube stream will also be available in 4K UHD.  We will also be making the UEFA Champions League final available live via multiple 360°cameras. This will mean viewers will be able to watch on YouTube or via the new BT Sport VR App, either watching a directed programme with commentary and graphics or they can choose their position to view from eight locations in the stadium,” said John Petter, CEO, BT Consumer.

“We believe that VR can offer our viewers an immersive second screen view which will enhance our coverage. We’re excited to be broadcasting what we believe to be the biggest multi-camera live 360° sporting event ever for the first time to our customers.”