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​Facebook expands live broadcasting feature with 360-degree videos

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Facebook is now out with a new way to make your live videos even more exciting by introducing Live 360. The 360-degree videos immerse the viewers into altogether new experiences—right as the event is being streamed live on the social-networking platform.

Facebook will be launching Live 360 video, along with National Geographic, from the Mars Desert Research Station facility in Utah at 3:00 pm ET today (which translates to 1:30 am on Wednesday as per Indian timing). As part of its global effort around MARS, National Geographic will be live on Facebook in 360 degrees as seven space scientists from across the globe will step out from the pods that simulate every aspect of life on Mars. These researchers have spent 80 days in these pods.

According to a report on CNET, live 360-degree videos can only be streamed by publishers and is not open to all of Facebook’s 1.8 billion users as of now. But the blog post on Facebook revealed, “Live 360 video will be available to more Pages via the Live API in the coming months, and we look forward to rolling it out more broadly for all Pages and Profiles in 2017.”

With introduction of Facebook Live in April this year, Mark Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed News, “We’re entering this new golden age of video. I wouldn’t be surprised if you fast-forward five years and most of the content that people see on Facebook and are sharing on a day-to-day basis is video.”

Therefore, get set to experience the new method to communicate.


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