Deutsche Telekom takes virtual-reality streaming to BBL

Basketball Bundesliga hails use of 360-degree OTT technology.

by Steven Impey

Deutsche Telekom takes virtual-reality streaming to BBL

German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom has streamed its first Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) fixture using virtual-reality (VR) technology. 

A livestream of Telekom Baskets German top-flight basketball clash with EWE Oldenburg Baskets was made available free of charge and, for the first time, in 360-degree, 6K resolution.

Using Tiled Based Stream (TBS) technology, customers were able to watch the match using a VR headset via the Magenta VR app, designed to make remote streamers feel like they were inside the stadium.

"With Magenta VR and Magenta Musik 360, Telekom offers a wide range of excellent virtual entertainment formats, while always offering our users the highest streaming quality,” said Stephan Heininger, head of Telekom’s VR division.

“In the future, even more live broadcasts streaming will enable the best VR experience ever.”

Viewers were given access to various individual camera angles from courtside to under the nets.

The free-to-view stream was available on Android smartphones using Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Go and Daydream headsets. Highlights are also available for free via the Magenta VR app.

Dr Stefan Holz, BBL managing director, said the event was “further proof” that Deutsche Telkom’s technology can take the sport “to a new level”.