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Hear Dave Cole, co-founder of NextVR, discuss the future of VR live entertainment at Disrupt NY

TechCrunch TechCrunch 22/04/2016 Lucas Matney

When you can’t make it to the game in real life, the experience offered by virtual reality live streaming can get you closer to the action and more connected to the players and fans than anything else out there. Dave Cole, who co-founded NextVR in 2009, will be joining us in Brooklyn at Disrupt NY to chat about immersive stereoscopic live streaming and whether anyone is really going to give a shit about VR a decade from now.

NextVR has been leading the charge to beam some of the most anticipated sporting events in virtual reality to users sporting headsets. They’ve brought their 3D VR cameras to the sidelines at NFL games, courtside at NBA games, ringside at boxing matches and to a great deal of other sports, and they’re only getting started.

VR certainly seems to have a lot of potential at the moment. Virtual reality live event streaming could grow to become a $4.1 billion market and reach 95 million users by 2025 according to a January report from Goldman Sachs.

NextVR has raised over $35 million from major investors like Formation 8 and Comcast Ventures, signed multi-year deals with major sports broadcasters and has already begun eyeing live entertainment options that fall outside sporting events.

We’re pumped to chat with Cole about his thoughts on early consumer adoption of virtual reality and everything that’s next for NextVR.

Dave is joining our stellar list of Disrupt NY speakers that includes Uber’s David Plouffe, Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley and Honest Company’s Jessica Alba and Chris Thorne.

Tickets are still available for Disrupt NY, and you definitely shouldn’t miss us in Brooklyn. Or if you’re looking to bring your startup and exhibit in Startup Alley.

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