On Monday, YouTube announced that it is adding support for 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio.
YouTube has had support for 360-degree video since March 2015, but now users can live stream this content. The first high-profile event to be broadcast with this new format will be California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The Google-owned video service has offered live streaming of Coachella for years "for fans around the world who can’t attend the festival," and this year it plans to use 360-degree live streaming. YouTube will showcase the new feature with select artist performances at the event. YouTube also announced support for 1440p 60fps resolution for live streams. Anyone with a compatible 360-degree camera and the ability to upload video at between 10Mbps and 20Mbps can broadcast 360-degree live streaming on YouTube.
Alongside the new 360-degree live streaming, YouTube announced the support of spatial audio. "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," explained YouTube's Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan in a blog post. It is worth noting that spatial audio is only available for on-demand YouTube videos, and currently does not support live videos. YouTube also notes that headphones must be worn for the spatial audio to work properly, and will only work via its Android app at this time. YouTube creators can take advantage of these features now.
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