YouTube reportedly discussing 360-degree livestreaming with manufacturersBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 3 February 2016 | Categories: news
According to recent reports, YouTube has plans to develop 360-degree video livestreaming. More specifically, Buzzfeed News has it on good authority that the online platform is in talks with several 360-degree camera manufacturers.
Discussions are said to centre around the setting of standards for broadcasting, as many 360-degree video cameras do not have the capacity to livestream. The ones that do, however, are perhaps seen as unable to stream at a high enough quality for YouTube's liking, as you can see in the video below.
It is closing in on one year since YouTube first showcased 360-degree video on its site, doing so in March 2015. A few short months later it began supporting video via Google Cardboard, and in November of 2015 debuted its own 3D capable video services. All these moves therefore led many to believe YouTube is aiming to be on the forefront of this new livestreamed content. Furthermore, YouTube hired a Global VR specialist in the form of Scott Broock to sign on partners and developers for the company.
It therefore seems then, that livestreamed 360-degree video, coupled with virtual reality, is the future for visual media.
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