YouTube Monday announced support for 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio for on demand videos. Chief product officer Neal Mohan made the announcement in a blog post, saying that it debuted the technology at the Coachella music festival this past weekend, and adding that spatial audio is available for on demand YouTube videos.
Mohan said YouTube is working with companies including VideoStitch and Two Big Ears to make their software compatible with the two new features. We first launched support for 360-degree videos in March 2015. From musicians to athletes to brands, creators have done some incredible things with this technology. Now, they’ll be able to do even more to bring fans directly into their world, with 360-degree live streaming. And after years of live-streaming Coachella for fans around the world who can’t attend the festival, this year we’re bringing you the festival like never before by live-streaming select artist performances in 360 degrees this weekend.
We’re also launching spatial audio for on demand YouTube videos. 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.