Select partners can now use Twitter’s Periscope live-stream app to broadcast 360-degree videos in real-time to their fans.
Periscope Live 360 video look like regular live-streams, except that—as with 360-degree videos on Facebook—viewers can rotate & tilt their phones to get a wider perspective into the surrounding landscape. Facebook itself introduced the live version of 360-degree videos earlier this month.
— Alex Pettitt (@Alexpettitt) December 28, 2016
Twitter’s decision to begin testing live 360-degree videos on Periscope is a bit suspicious, given that some (including us) felt the company was moving towards shuttering the service after migrating live-streaming to its core app. However, it could be that Twitter is simply looking to work the kinks out via Periscope first—and that this beta should serve as no indication of Periscope’s long-term prospects.
For now, Periscope Live 360 is available to limited content creators—though, anyone can view the broadcasts via either Twitter or Periscope. According to Re/code, these broadcasters are not being compensated to participate in the beta program. The feature is to rolling-out to more users “in the coming weeks”, according to Periscope’s blog; interested parties can add their name to this wait list for early consideration.