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Thanks to YouTube you can watch Coachella live… and in VR

YouTube has announced it will begin live streaming 360-degree video.

Select performances from the second half of the Coachella festival in Los Angeles this weekend will be available to view in VR.

“And after years of live streaming Coachella for fans around the world who can’t attend the festival,” YouTube wrote on its blog, “this year we’re bringing you the festival like never before by live streaming select artist performances in 360 degrees this weekend.”

Going forward, anyone with a 360-degree camera and an upload speed of between 10-20Mbps will be able to broadcast their videos live, YouTube says.

The Google-owned video service said it is working with the likes of VideoStich to make live streams compatible.

For viewers, it’ll be possible to view via a VR headset like Cardboard or on desktop by using a mouse to change the perspective.

Related: Facebook 360-degree video explained

YouTube says it is also adding spacial audio for on-demand 360-degree videos, which have already been available for over a year.

“Starting today, we’re also launching spatial audio for on-demand YouTube videos,” Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer wrote.

“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.”


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