Facebook Announces 360 Degree Video Support, Launches Today

Even though not everyone is on board with the 360 degree video craze, Facebook isn’t planning on sitting back and watching YouTube get all the glory. Today they announced support for 360 degree video viewing via their video player and it will work straight from your newsfeed. The feature is also going to be active on mobile.

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There are a number of publishers sharing new 360 videos on Facebook today, including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and VICE. These videos help show the range of possibilities with this new medium. For example, Disney and Lucasfilm are debuting an exclusive 360 experience from its upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bringing fans inside the beloved Star Wars universe.

You can take a look at the full news release here, and the links in the quote above will take you to videos you can interact with on Facebook.

Author: Jaron Schneider

Jaron Schneider is the Editor in Chief of ResourceMagOnline, the Tech Editor for the printed magazine and an internationally published writer from San Francisco, California. Jaron specializes in evaluating video equipment, optics, storage solutions and audio equipment as well as software for the imaging industry. He is also the co-host of Resource Television and the popular ReWrap Podcast. Jaron is also the owner of Schneider Productions, a commercial video company with clients from around the United States including Lowepro, Grammy Award-Winning band "Train," HD Supply, Maurice Lacroix Timepieces, The United States Air Force Thunderbirds and many others.

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