Twitter launches 360-degree video support in time for the NBA Finals

Written by Jaymin Shah

Twitter is getting on the 360-degree video bandwagon thanks to a partnership between the company, the NBA, and Samsung. Starting with Game 1 of the NBA Finals later today, Twitter cards will now support video shot with 360-degree cameras, allowing users to click and drag around the scene without leaving Twitter’s app or website. The videos, which were filmed on a Samsung Gear 360 camera, will be sent out using the NBA’s official Twitter account. It’s unclear what the films will be comprised of exactly, but Twitter is promising “exclusive content” over the course of the series.Twitter 360 video card

 It’s a sensible step for Twitter. The company has been at the forefront of many shifts in online video over the last few years, including live streaming service Periscope and looping video app Vine. Yet even with its inherent utility for live events, Twitter has failed to stay apace with Facebook’s enormous investments in live streaming, virtual reality, and 360-degree video. All three components represent the next big and lucrative phase in social video, as advertisers try and figure out how to reach audiences who consume more and more video through online platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s what the 360-video will look like:

This new deal should bring more parity to Twitter and its competitors. It also helps that this year’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is enjoying huge social buzz. Twitter hasn’t said whether it plans on opening its platform up to more 360-degree video, either from advertisers, publishers, or amateur videographers. But if this NBA partnership is a success, you can imagine the company pouring more resources into filling your Twitter timeline with more interactive videos.

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Jaymin Shah

Jaymin Shah is a tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of TechOptimals. He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer relentlessly covering Technology, in addition to a broad range of startups. Contact Jaymin at

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