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Olympics get VR treatment thanks to NBC and Samsung

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Olympics tickets are some of the hottest in the world (well, next to Hamilton), but thanks to a new partnership with NBC announced Thursday, Samsung device users will be able to stream some of the world sporting events in virtual reality for the first time ever.

In total, 85 hours of virtual reality programming will be offered to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users through the NBC Sports app, which requires logging on through a TV provider. Streamed events include the opening and closing ceremonies, the men’s basketball semifinals and finals, and an array of other events in gymnastics, track and field, diving, boxing, fencing, and beach volleyball.

“The world’s greatest sporting event is always a showcase for cutting edge technology, and we’re thrilled to partner with Samsung and OBS to bring our viewers even closer to compelling Olympic action,” NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel said in a statement.

The 2016 Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5. To get a head start on the Olympics action, check out EW’s guide to watching the Olympics trials.