Olympics will then distribute the content to US distribution partners, who will make their own decisions on how they will make the content available to their customers.
The coverage will include the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as sports including snowboarding, figure skating, curling, and ice hockey.
In addition, NBC Olympics will offer VR replays of all events previously livestreamed; one daily 360-degree video of a sport not available in VR the previous day; and packaged highlights from the day before.
NBC is leaning on Intel's True VR technology, which uses multiple camera pods at each event to create interactive 360-degree virtual reality environments. To enroll in Verizon Up, customers have to download the My Verizon app.
However, the total installed base of VR headsets is relatively small, which could limit the effect of NBC's VR broadcasts on Winter Olympics viewership.
On-Demand Highlights: Post-event, on-demand 3- to 5-minute features will be available showcasing the best moments from each event.
Audio Integration: Viewers will hear the natural sound as captured at each camera location allowing them to experience the sound as if they were there.
The Pyeongchang Olympic Games are less than a month away, and American athletes are getting ready to go for the gold. UK Sport has forecast 6-12 medals at the Winter Paralympics, which follows in March. While the technology isn't mature enough to provide that air of reality, it would be interesting to see how it's received this time around and where the technology will stand in two years in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The men's jumpers will be led by 45-year-old Noriyuki Kasai, who is now poised to set a record by appearing in eight consecutive Winter Olympics.