Now you can stream live 360-degree videos on YouTube

Even if you weren’t able to attend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival between April 15 and 17 last week – and with the event held in Indio, Calif. and ticket prices starting at $399 USD, chances are good you weren’t – you can still have a front-row seat in 360-degree video, thanks to the American arm of international wireless service provider T-Mobile, which sponsored a live stream on YouTube.

In fact, content creators of all stripes can now stream live 360-degree video on YouTube, the Google subsidiary announced Monday, complete with spatial audio for an even more immersive experience. Check out the video below for an example.

Thus far, only 360-degree video service provider VideoStitch and three-dimensional audio platform Two Big Ears have officially announced their support for YouTube’s 360-degree live streaming service, though more will be announced in the near future, chief product officer Neal Mohan wrote in an April 18 blog post.

“What excites me most about 360-degree storytelling is that it lets us open up the world’s experiences to everyone,” Mohan wrote. “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.”

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Eric Emin Wood
Eric Emin Wood
Former editor of ITBusiness.ca turned consultant with public relations firm Porter Novelli. When not writing for the tech industry enjoys photography, movies, travelling, the Oxford comma, and will talk your ear off about animation if you give him an opening.

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