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.
Here’s what the 360-video will look like:
Check out this test warm up content via Samsung Gear 360 https://t.co/5ISE2k1Dir
— Chris Wise (@pixelsguy) May 27, 2016
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.