NBA Adds VR Subscription Package to League Pass

The NBA and Turner Sports have added a new virtual reality subscription package to its NBA League Pass live game out-of-market service, which tips off Tuesday (Oct. 17), the company announced Monday.

The new, season-long virtual reality subscription package – developed by NBA Digital and NextVR -- will be available across the Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream and Windows Mixed Reality platforms. In all, the $49.99 VR service can be accessed across 19 platforms including television, broadband, tablets and mobile phones and connected devices.

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In addition to the $199.99 price tag for the traditional NBA League Pass package, NBA Digital will offer a $249.99 premium package that features continuous in-arena coverage during live game breaks.

The new packages will join other NBA League Pass premium packages including NBA Team Pass ($119.99) and single game ($6.99). NBA Digital will also bring back NBA Mobile View, which offers zoomed-in, tighter shot of the action that is optimized for the smaller screen size of mobile devices.

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