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Twitter and Periscope launch support for 360 degree live video streaming

Twitter has added support for viewing live 360 degree videos through its Periscope service, although only a few users can actually create 360 broadcasts for now.

Published onDecember 28, 2016

Periscope is learning a new trick! Twitter has revealed its users can now view 360 degree live streaming videos from its apps and website, courtesy of Periscope’s the latest added feature.

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Any Twitter or Periscope live videos with 360 degree support will get a special badge so users can quickly find them when they are being broadcast. Any such video can be viewed in their entirely by either moving the smartphone itself around or by tapping and swiping on the clip itself to get the full 360 degree effect.

While anyone can view 360 degree live videos from Twitter, only a few people can actually launch these broadcasts at the moment. In fact, the company says it is even paying some Periscope video creators to promote this new feature with the company’s advertising service, Niche. The current plan is to roll out support for more users in the coming months.

Earlier this month, Twitter updated its iOS and Android apps so that users could launch a live video without having to download the separate Periscope app. It would appear that Periscope is getting much more attention from the company than its Vine app, which will be degraded and renamed as the Vine Camera app sometime in January.

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