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Livit hoping to steal Periscope's users with 360-degree video streaming

You'll be able to broadcast immersive video live to browsers and mobile devices with a camera from 360fly.

360fly 4K (left) and a smart helmet version (right) made for select Bell, Ridell and Giro helmets.
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Periscope and Facebook may be the go-to services for the moment when it comes to broadcasting live mobile video. But live-streaming social network Livit is using the explosion of interest in everything VR to carve out its own spot.

Livit is similar to what the Twitter-owned Periscope and Facebook Live Video deliver, but it's tough to compete with two of the Internet's biggest social networks (just ask Meerkat). So the service has partnered with 360-degree camera maker 360fly to let users live-stream immersive video shot with its current $400 model and the upcoming 4K-resolution version straight to their followers' mobile devices.

Setting up the camera is easy enough. Connect it to your phone via a direct Wi-Fi link and then use your device's 4G LTE mobile connection to start a live broadcast using the Livit app. Viewers can chat with you once you're streaming. They can explore the 360-degree video either in the app or by using a viewer such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR.

If you want to see for yourself what the quality is like, you can download the app for iOS and Android. You'll be able to view live-streams all week long from South By Southwest 2016.