DirecTV is taking a first stab at virtual reality (VR) with a new app that takes users ringside to a boxing fight.
BKB VR, as the app is being called, is being made available for Google Cardboard-based VR viewers, as well as the Samsung Gear VR headset. Cardboard users can download the app for Android phones on Google Play, and for iPhones on the App Store.
However, don’t expect any live boxing fights in VR just yet: BKB VR delivers pre-recorded highlights from a fight that happened earlier this summer, which was recorded in 360-degree video. In addition to the app, DirecTV is also making 360-degree footage of the fight available through Samsung’s Milk VR service.
BKB VR is meant to promote Big Knockout Boxing, a flavor of boxing that DirecTV developed for its Audience network. The app is just one of many that has recently been published to promote existing TV properties. In August, Discovery released its own VR app to promote some of its digital and TV talent.
Written by Janko Roettgers - Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent
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Steve Lott, President ─ A prominent figure in the boxing world and recognized boxing historian, Steve Lott was executive producer at the Big Fights, Inc., and manager/assistant manager of ten fighters, including five world champions. Lott owns one of the world's largest collections of unique boxing memorabilia - over 20,000 items - many of which will be featured in the new Boxing Hall of Fame at SCORE! - the fabulous new multi sports hall of fame attraction at the Luxor Hotel on the strip in Las Vegas. The Boxing Hall of Fame also features the exclusive $75 million dollar ESPN fight film and tape library.
Over a thirty year span at Big Fights, Inc. from 1968 - 1998, beginning as a film editor and culminating as executive producer, Lott has had hands-on experience with every frame of what is now the Cayton Sports/Boxing Hall of Champions' film and tape library. Lott's film credits include the documentaries, "Muhammad Ali - Skill, Brain and Guts," "Sugar Ray Robinson - Pound for Pound," "Grudge Fights," and "Greatest One Punch Knockouts." From 1998-2001, Lott supervised the cataloging and transfer of the Big Fights film library to broadcast videotape at ESPN.
Mr. Lott began assisting legendary fight managers Bill Cayton and Jim Jacobs in 1978 as assistant manager and camp coordinator for world champions Edwin Rosario and Wilfred Benitez, managing the training schedules, fight media, medicals, sparring, travel, and appearances. Mr. Lott's role expanded with many other fighters including Mike Tyson, Tommy Morrison, Jeremy Williams, Michael Grant, and Vinny Pazienza.
As the assistant manager and then manager of over ten fighters, Mr. Lott has built relationships with the leading members of the boxing press, as well as many noted trainers, boxers, referees, promoters, and boxing celebrities. In addition he has assisted such venues as the South Street Seaport Museum and National Museum of American Jewish History with the development of boxing exhibits. Mr. Lott has appeared on Larry King Live and in many boxing documentaries and TV specials.
- Boxing Hall of Fame, IncPresident & COO, present