Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) acquired virtual reality (VR) startup VOKE last month, and it didn't take long at all for it to integrate its new subsidiary's suite of "immersive sports experiences" into its offerings, nor to announce a win for its newly formed Sports division. IBM recently revealed it has sealed a deal  with the NFL to offer VR highlights for a few, select games. Financial terms of the arrangement were not announced.

Technically, the partnership with the NFL is with Intel's VOKE subsidiary. Over the next month, football fans will be able to watch "highlights in virtual reality from four NFL games that will allow fans to be transported onto the field no matter where they are." The games began with the Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars matchup on Dec. 4; the remaining games will be New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 11, Jacksonville vs. Houston Texans on Dec. 18, and finally the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles game Jan. 1, 2017.

To catch a glimpse of the upcoming VR action, fans will need to have a pay-TV package that includes NFL Network and a free app that can be downloaded from the VOKE website.

This arrangement with the NFL is not the first time Intel has experimented with immersive experiences at sporting events. Earlier this year, it offered similar, VR-like viewing alternatives at the Aspen X-Games and multiple events at the NBA All-Star and MLB All-Star weekends.

Though much of the news out of Intel lately has focused on its transition into a provider of solutions for growth markets such as wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT), CEO Brian Krzanich clearly includes the VR space as a key component in his vision for the company's future.

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