Thursday, June 9, 2011

Couldn’t Get A Ticket To The Black Eyed Peas In Central Park? We’ll Be Streaming It Here Live

Erick Schonfeld12 hours ago
On Thursday night, 60,000 people will fill up Central Park to watch the Black Eyed Peas in concert. Tickets are sold out (through Eventbrite, natch), but you can watch it here streamed live in glorious 360-degree vision at 7PM ET. The Black Eyed Peas first used the 360-degree cameras in their iPhone app that puts you inside a music video, but this will be the first time they will try it live. The concert will be filmed and streamed using 360-degree cameras from Immersive Media. This will be the first time a major music concert is streamed live in 360-degrees.
The cameras used are an advanced version of what Google uses to capture its Street View, except this shoots video instead of still photos. They use 11 cameras built into a sphere, shooting simultaneously, and stitching together all the different shots, encoding it, and streaming it with a 2-second latency. Viewers will be able to pan around and control the angle.
The concert will be broadcast by Livestream and all proceeds will benefit theRobin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York City by partnering with the most effective non-profits that invest in schools, homeless shelters, job training programs and more. Last year Robin Hood distributed $110 million to other non-profits (donate here).

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