The Future of Festivals: Live-Streaming 360-Degree Video

We all wish we could attend a few more festivals, and experience our favorite artists and genres of music in more ways than we do now. We’re already pretty spoiled, with bountiful amounts of live-streams, live-set recordings, and videos from these shows constantly available at our fingertips. But a relatively new technology has us dreaming about the future of festival live-streaming.

360fly is a company that, since it’s creation in 2011, has been developing 360-degree HD video, and sells cameras for such ventures at surprisingly affordable prices. Other companies, like sacred360, are utilizing this technology to showcase dance music in particular, with a focus on festivals, artists, and venues.

We then took the next logical step and wondered: what about live-streaming with these devices? If the technology is there, it’s affordable, and we already have a well-formed idea of what it would be like, then why isn’t this happening already?

The answer to that, like some tricky questions, lies in the premise. The technology to live-stream HD 360-degree video from a festival does exist, but the true test is in its potential effectiveness. There are more than a few obvious issues, that whichever tech company and festival decided to try it out, would have to work through, but the blocks are there to be built upon.

We’d have to begin with the networks, as the biggest bottlenecks would be the bandwidth required for a continuous uploading of 360-degree, high-quality video. We’d also prefer a hard-wire connection, and a fully-dedicated server. Please and thank you.

Obviously, it takes tons of infrastructure, and with technology like this, networks are always the last thing to update. Think of it like the progression of the iPhone. Initially, we felt blessed to have the EDGE network wherever we went. Now, as soon as we lose LTE, the world stops.

Eventually we’ll all be enjoying 360-degree HD live-streaming of many of our favorite major festivals via our laptops, phones, tablets, virtual reality headsets, and more. We just have to be patient, and wait for the technology to catch up with the demand of this potentially very cool festival experience.

Let us know what you think of these great 360-degree videos from sacred360, and if you’re interested in festivals live-streaming this way in the future! Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!

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