Facebook Unveils Live 360-Degree Video, National Geographic Will Stream It First

Today via a blog post, Facebook unveiled a new feature coming to their platform as an addition to one of their most recent launches. It’s called Live 360, and it does just what you’d think: broadcast live video in 360 degrees.

Today, we’re excited to announce a new way to go live on Facebook: Live 360.

Live video on Facebook gives people an immediate, authentic window into what’s happening in the world right now; 360 video immerses viewers fully into the scene, letting them explore on their own and experience a new environment. We’re excited to combine these two formats with Live 360 video. Live 360 transports people into new experiences—right as they happen.

You still need a special camera rig to broadcast it and knowledge about the Facebook Live API, but Live 360 nonetheless provides a more in-depth look into what’s currently happening in the world for average users. Facebook says they’ll be launching the feature sometime next year to the general public, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be able to experience Live 360 until then.


As per their announcement, we have word that National Geographic will be broadcasting the exit of seven scientists who spent 80 days in pods which simulate each element of living on Mars, including “total isolation from humanity.” The live stream, which takes place in Utah and will include a Q&A session, will begin at 3PM ET/12PM PT. More information can be found below.

Over the past 80 days, seven space scientists from around the world have lived in pods simulating every aspect of life on Mars, including total isolation from humanity. As part of its global effort around MARS, National Geographic will be live on Facebook in 360 degrees as the scientists emerge from the pods. They will take you behind the scenes to explore the living quarters, see how the scientists suit up in their space suits, and take a rover out for a spin across the Martian landscape. This first Live 360 will also include a Q&A with a line-up of science experts, writers and thinkers, and will take questions from the Facebook audience.

It’s worth noting that some Pages will begin receiving Live 360 support early, so stay tuned to your favorite publications.

Expect everyone to have access to the feature in 2017.