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Watch 360-degree clips of the NBA Finals on Twitter

Twitter teams up with the NBA and Samsung to deliver Gear 360-shot footage at a click.

The Samsung Gear 360 is a twin-lens ball of a camera that captures spherical 30-megapixel photos and not-quite-4K resolution video (3,840x1,920 pixels)Each of the Gear 360's f/2.0 fisheye lenses covers a 195-degree angle of view that, when stitched together using a Samsung Galaxy S7 (or other select Galaxy phones to be named later), gives you a full 360x180-degree view to explore with a VR headset or dragging around your fingertips on a touchscreen or your cursor on a computer.Our contact at Samsung tells us that the Gear 360 is expected to hit in the "first half of 2016", and we expect it to cost at least a few hundred dollars.
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Want a full view of pregame warm-ups during the NBA Finals? Now, you'll be able to get just that on Twitter.


Samsung, the NBA and Twitter are collaborating to serve up 360-degree video highlights during the NBA Finals, which start tonight. The footage will be shot on Samsung's new Gear 360 cameras and served up via the NBA's Twitter account. This is Twitter's debut enabling any sort of 360-degree video viewing in its app.

The clips won't be live, however: each highlight will be pre-recorded and uploaded later. Expect content like "pregame warm-ups, hallway/tunnels right before teams take the floor and post-game celebrations," according to a representative for Samsung.

NBA teams have been exploring 360 video since last year, and NBA games have already debuted live in 360-degrees via NextVR's app.