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Facebook now allows 360-degree livestreaming

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, March 31, 2017  /  01:20 pm
Facebook now allows 360-degree livestreaming

A Facebook Live billboard on the side of a building near New York's Penn Station on Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Anick Jesdanun)

Facebook has made yet another announcement regarding one of its latest additions to its live-streaming service. Users of the Facebook Live feature will now be able to film 360-degree videos, provided they have the right gear.

Those wanting to take advantage of the new feature need devices such as the recently announced 2017 model Gear 360, or the Insta360 Nano (for iPhone) and Air (for Android).

To broadcast in 360, users can go straight through to Facebook Live via the camera’s dedicated app, or through when using cameras not yet set up to integrate with Facebook directly.

Read also: Why Facebook keeps pushing you to go 'live' with video

Users have a maximum streaming time of four hours, but Facebook Live will support 1080p resolution and 30fps playback. To use the features to their full extent and to ensure quality, the company recommends that users have at least a 4 Mbps down connection.

Unlike their non-360 counterparts, these live-streams cannot be embedded on other sites yet, nor can they be viewed on the big screen, like on Apple TV or Chromecast. (sul/kes)


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