Better quality and less bandwidth for 360 videos on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg has announced the founding of a new internal “Social VR” team at Facebook.

By - February 21, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced new “dynamic streaming” technology aimed at 360-degree virtual reality videos.

Speaking at Samsung’s Unpacked event ahead of Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Zuckerberg said the technology would increase video quality, while decreasing the bandwidth it consumes.

According to Zuckerberg, their dynamic streaming technology ensures that the parts of the video your eyes focus on are streaming in resolutions of up to four times greater than standard streaming offers.

Despite the increase in resolution, dynamic streaming also reduces the bandwidth a video consumes by up to four times.

In addition to Facebook’s new video streaming tech, Zuckerberg announced that the company had established a new internal working group that will research “social VR”.

This includes “how people can connect and share using today’s VR technology”, and the long-term possibilities of virtual reality.

“VR is the next platform where anyone create anything that they want,” said Zuckerberg.

Jan Vermeulen is a guest of Samsung at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona.

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