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YouTube Bringing 360 Videos To Your TV

Now you can watch immersive video from the biggest screen in your house.

Google’s annual Google I/O developer is in full swing, with a few new VR related announcements. Sarah Ali, head of living room products, took the stage to announce that 360 video is making its way to your YouTube app in home devices.

When it comes to watching 360° videos, you can either watch on your laptop or mobile device. And if you’re lucky, you may have a VR headset like a Daydream View to enjoy a more immersive experience. But not everyone wants to watch 360° videos on their mobile device or have a headset handy.

That’s why YouTube is supporting 360° videos on the biggest screen you probably have in the house. Millions of viewers around the world who have a smart TV can load up the YouTube app and experience 360 videos. On stage, Ali showed how you can play videos while using a remote to pan around the environment as you’re watching. The YouTube 360 app also supports live 360° video as well, letting you sit back and watch Coachella next year from the comfort of your couch.

In the next few months, you’ll be able to watch and control 360-degree videos on Android TV, Samsung 2017 4K TVs, LG 2017 4K TVs, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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