Get yourself a virtual seat on the NBA fan screen.
The NBA is officially underway, and just as fans want to be there to watch it, the players need fans to cheer them up too. The pandemic may have changed the way we do things, but of course hell hasn’t changed our spirits, especially when watching sports and cheering on our favorite teams and players.
With Microsoft Teams, you can virtually entertain your favorite players virtually from the NBA Fan Screen. The NBA and Microsoft entered the alliance earlier this year, and as part of the alliance, around 300 fans will be able to join each game in a virtual chair on a 17 foot LED screen placed around the arena.
Preview the Virtual Fan experience with the LED screen placed on the court side. Source: Microsoft
The Joint Mode on the Microsoft Team is the technology behind the virtual experience of being in a stadium and watching matches with other players from a booth using AI segmentation. If you have never used the Microsoft Team before, or don’t know what Shared Mode is, don’t worry. You don’t need to be an expert in it.
All you need to do is follow a few simple steps, and the rest will be taken care of at the other end. After that, you just sit and watch the game. You will be able to watch the match live, along with other fans in your Team video feed.
Enter the Microsoft Teams application using your NBA account
If you are a new user, you must download the Microsoft Teams desktop client. Although it has a web application, a desktop application is very important to have the best experience because the web application does not support all features.
After installing the application, log in with the username and password provided to you. The username will most likely look like: UserXX@NBAMeetings.com
Restart the Microsoft Teams apps. After logging in, close the application completely – that is, stop the system tray too. Right-click on the Microsoft Teams icon in the system tray and click ‘Quit’. And then, open the Team application again.
If you are an existing Microsoft Team user, you must leave your personal or organizational account (basically, whichever you use). Click the ‘Profile’ icon on the Title Bar and select ‘Exit’ from the menu.
After leaving your existing account, sign in with the credentials given to you by the NBA. Then completely stop the application and restart again to make sure everything functions like clockwork.
Get On Screen NBA Fan
After you sign in with your NBA credentials, open the Microsoft Teams desktop client and open the ‘Calendar’ option from the navigation menu on the left.
The calendar will have events for the game. Click that. The meeting will only be activated 60 minutes before the match. So, you won’t find it on the previous calendar. If it’s still less than 60 minutes, but you still can’t see the game, sign out and log in to your account again. A detailed banner will appear next to it. Click ‘Join’ to join the meeting and enter the crowd.
Join the calendar events for the game for which you have tickets.
When you click the ‘Join’ button, the preview screen will appear. Make sure your camera and audio are on. You can turn it on by clicking the toggle button next to the camera and microphone icon. Also, do not turn on blurred backgrounds or virtual backgrounds for this meeting. Click the ‘Join now’ button after you have reviewed this setting.
Review your camera and microphone settings to make sure they are active, and join the meeting.
You will enter the meeting lobby. Wait for the meeting moderator to acknowledge you for the meeting.
After you are in a meeting, click the ‘Show Participants’ icon in the meeting toolbar.
In the participant list, look for the participant ‘Game Feed’, right-click on it and select ‘Pin’. Doing so will lock the game feed into your view.
Now, to appear on the NBA fan screen, click the ‘Other options’ icon (three dots) and select ‘Shared Mode’ from the menu.
Join the meeting and monitor further instructions from the meeting moderator to enjoy the full experience.
This partnership between Microsoft and the NBA is a step towards giving a kind of normal resemblance to fans and players during this dire situation. Fans must join the meeting 30 minutes before the tip-off.
Also, to ensure that no one deceives and interferes with the game, NBA moderators will also be present at the call, and they will remove the evil elements from the game to ensure harmony throughout the process.