BBC to broadcast New Year fireworks in 360-degree video

For the first time ever, the BBC will broadcast the new year’s eve fireworks from London in a 360-degree panoramic video online.

The display traditionally airs on BBC One at midnight to see in the new year - but this time, the corporation is branching out. The whole thing will be filmed in 360 degrees and broadcast live as it happens on the BBC website.

As with most 360-degree videos, you'll be able to drag, move, and tilt the camera around on the video to see whichever bit of the display you want. It'll work on computers, tablets, and smartphones alike. 360-degree vids are prime content for watching on VR headsets too.

The Beeb has been expanding out into new ways of creating content all year - including VR, short form videos, and apps - so it makes sense that it's seeing the year out in style.

"This year we've been bringing audiences new innovations for the Olympics to Euro 2016," said Matthew Postgate, BBC chief technology and product officer. "We're thrilled to end the year with a special 360-degree experience of London's spectacular fireworks online - as well as full coverage on BBC One."

And it's set to be a good one, according to the Mayor of London himself Sadiq Khan. He said: "I know this year's show will be the most exciting yet, bringing a fantastic end to the year, and showing the world that London is open… I'm delighted to team up with the BBC to bring this exciting new element to the event."

To say good riddance to 2016 in full live panorama, check out the video on the BBC Taster website - bbc.co.uk/taster.

Source: BBC

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