Upsets spark best NCAA Tournament ratings in 24 years

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The boost in ratings for March Madness could spell good news for CBS, which gets to air the Final Four games this year.

You can access the NCAA March Madness Live VR app through the Oculus store; you'll need a Gear VR headset and a Samsung device to watch the games in virtual reality.

This isn't the first time March Madness has been streamed in VR.

We'll have live updates and scores from the games.

March Madness in VR is coming with two pricing tiers: A golden ticket, which costs $2.99 per game or $7.99 for all six games, will offer access to multiple courtside cameras and dedicated VR commentary from Spero Dedes, Steve Smith and Lisa Byington.

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While numbers of how many fans watched last year's Final Four in VR weren't made available, adding to ongoing skepticism about its growth, Intel's Aufhauser said his company's deal with the NCAA, Turner and CBS shows "a commitment" to the medium.

Silver - for $1.99 per game, fans can experience VR through a single courtside camera presentation (180-degree live stream) with the same commentary featured on the CBS broadcast with Jim Nantz, analysts Grant Hill and Bill Raftery, along with reporter Tracy Wolfson.

While Turner Sports knows that Intel's technology is robust and works well, it is still learning what type of new content fans will really embrace.

"The focus right now is March Madness, and will continue to be the cornerstone of the partnership but once we get past March Madness, we'll start thinking with them about what other experiences we'd like to create in VR for the NCAA and Turner around their championships", Aufhauser said. Intel noted that Intel Tru VR is the new brand to emerge from the Voke acquisition.

Intel True VR will utilize camera pods that consist of 12 cameras per pod to deliver a total of up to 48 cameras devoted to Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games and 84 cameras covering the Final Four National Semifinals and National Championship. The 360 Replay-enhanced clips enable close-up views from every possible angle.

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