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YouTube Introduces Live 360 Video Streaming and Spatial Audio

An anonymous reader writes: YouTube’s 360-degree videos are nothing new to the site as they were first introduced in March 2015. Today, YouTube has expanded on the feature by allowing select users to live stream 360-degree videos wherever an internet connection is present. Whether it’s at a music festival or sporting event, viewers will be able to view 360-degree live video through their web browser, mobile device or VR headset. Google Executive Neal Mohan says, “Now anyone, with just their phone, can have that front row experience without having to be there.” In addition, YouTube has also launched spatial audio for on-demand YouTube 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,” according to the YouTube blog post. If you have an Android device, you can test out spatial audio from this playlist. YouTube’s announcement comes one week after Facebook announced its plans to get more serious about 360-degree videos. They are opening up their Live Video feature to developers to allow developers to integrate live streaming into third-party apps.


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