Facebook launches live 360-degree video streaming

Facebook announced that it has added support for live streaming of 360-degree videos. For the debut of Facebook’s Live 360, the social network teamed up with National Geographic.

The first live streaming using Live 360 took place last December 13 from the Mars Desert Research Station facility in Utah. The company said Live 360 video will be available to more Pages via the Live API in the coming months. Facebook looks forward to rolling it out more broadly for all Pages and Profiles in 2017.

“Live video on Facebook gives people an immediate, authentic window into what’s happening in the world right now; 360 video immerses viewers fully into the scene, letting them explore on their own and experience a new environment. We’re excited to combine these two formats with Live 360 video. Live 360 transports people into new experiences—right as they happen”, said the company in a statement.

The new feature comes after YouTube enabled, at the end of November, support for live videos in 4K and 360° technologies.