With VR180, YouTube Steps Gingerly Toward Virtual Reality

Laura Clery- Facebook

"On average, our viewers spend over an hour a day watching YouTube on mobile devices alone".

Unlike 360 degree video, VR180 only has 180 degree field of view.

Basically, Google is touting similar quality and engagement as "traditional" 360 content where it matters, plus extra versatility, simplicity and, perhaps most importantly, unrivaled affordability from compatible LG, Yi and Lenovo gear slated to cost "as little as a couple hundred dollars".

Additionally, in the coming weeks, YouTube mobile will be updated in such a way that the player will dynamically adapt to whatever size you choose to watch a video in by filling the screen. Livestreaming videos will also be supported by the new format.

YouTube intends to make VR content creation and consumption easier with the launch of VR180, CEO Susan Wojcicki announced yesterday at VidCon.




The video-sharing website has also made it easier to share videos, as well as expanded the markets it offers YouTube TV in. The service, which launched in April in select markets including NY and Los Angeles, will soon be available in 10 new cities, including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Phoenix. The feature will be made available in Latin America in a couple weeks, and then throughout the USA soon after that.

Among them: "the new minimum" for success on YouTube is now 2-3 videos per week, and that the "sweet spot for video length" is 7-16 minutes. Live-streaming on YouTube has quadrupled over the past year, Wojcicki said. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte.

Among generational groups, YouTube TV is resonating the most with millennials compared to any other generational demo, Wojcicki noted.

YouTube is now in the process of working with companies to produce cameras that will be available for public sale - YI, Lenovo, and LG will be some of the first to offer products in the winter. Despite viewers being able to look around in 360-degree videos, Google found that people spent 75 percent of their time focusing on the 90 degrees in front of them.

"They look just like any other YouTube video we have on the site", YouTube VR product manager Erin Teague said.

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