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YouTube adds 360-degree live streaming, brings us one step closer to teleportation

by Todd Haselton | April 18, 2016April 18, 2016 6:30 pm PST


YouTube announced on Monday that viewers can now access live 360-degree content. This follows the company’s deployment of 360-degree on-demand video, which launched last March.

With live 360-degree videos, you can watch live events in 360-degrees, panning around as if you’re there in person. And, if you own a virtual reality device, like Google Cardboard or the Gear VR, you should be able to step right into the action. YouTube said it’s celebrating the launch with live streams of Coachella performances next weekend, which means you’ll be able to tune in on some of the live concerts, allowing you to pretend you’re front row at the California concerts.


In addition to 360-degree live streams, YouTube said it’s also launching a new spatial audio feature for YouTube’s “on-demand” videos. “Just as watching a concert in 360 degrees can give you an unmatched immersive experience, spatial audio allows you to listen along as you do in real life, where depth, distance and intensity all play a role,” YouTube said.

Neat stuff, I can’t wait to check it out for myself.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...