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YouTube launches 360-degree live streaming

YouTube launches 360-degree live streaming

YouTube now supports 360-degree live streaming. The Google-owned service also announced that it has launched spatial audio for on-demand YouTube videos, helping to make 360-video even more immersive.

Writing on YouTube’s official blog, Neal Mohan, chief product officer, said: “What excites me most about 360-degree storytelling is that it lets us open up the world’s experiences to everyone. Students can now experience news events in the classroom as they unfold. Travelers can experience faraway sites and explorers can deep-sea dive, all without the physical constraints of the real world. And today’s kids dreaming of going to a basketball game or a concert can access those experiences firsthand, even if they’re far away from the court. What were once limited experiences are now available to anyone, anywhere, at any time.”

Mohan added that YouTube had been working with VR tech firms such as VideoStitch and Two Big Ears to make their software compatible with 360-degree live streams or spatial audio on YouTube.

“To make sure all creators can tell awesome stories with virtual reality, we’ve been working with companies across the industry,” he said.

YouTube first launched support for 360-degree videos in March 2015.



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