Twitter Adds Support for Live 360 Degree Videos Through Periscope

Posted Thu Dec 29, 2016 at 01:00 PM PST by
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The social media platform is now offering 360 degree video playback.

Twitter has announced the addition of live 360 degree video support through Periscope. All Twitter and Periscope users can now watch the available 360 content, but only select partners can currently broadcast live in 360 through Periscope.

With live 360 degree videos on Twitter, users can experience an immersive live viewing experience from an even more personal vantage point. 360 videos are marked by a "LIVE 360 badge" and when played users can change the point of view by moving their phone or tapping and scrolling around the screen to see up, behind, above, or below the broadcaster's view  -- all while the video is streamed live, allowing viewers to enjoy front row access to exclusive events, travel to places across the globe, and get up close with well known personalities.

Check out the sample 360 degree video tweet below!

Periscope is currently testing 360 broadcasts with a small group of partners. Expanded support for the new feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks, and users can apply to join the waitlist here.

Beyond new 360 video support, Twitter recently released its streaming app for the Android TV platform. In addition to Android TV, the Twitter Live Streaming app is also available on Xbox One, Amazon Fire TVFire TV Stick, and Apple TV (4th generation). Likewise, the service will also be livestreaming 'The HFPA Presents: Globes Red Carpet Live.' The official red carpet pre-show for the '74th Annual Golden Globe Awards' will start streaming on January 8 from 6-8 pm ET (3-5 pm PT). 

Sources: Twitter, Periscope

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