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Industry Video Sharing
Founded February 14, 2005
Founder Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim
Headquarters San Bruno, California
Products YouTube VR
Parent Google
YouTube is a popular video sharing website and subsidiary of Google. Founded in 2005, YouTube has become the most popular video sharing platform in the world.

On March 13, 2015, YouTube began to support 360 Video. In June, 360 Videos can be viewed in Google Cardboard, allowing for an immersive VR experience.

The official VR app for YouTube, called YouTube VR, was released on November 9, 2016 for the Daydream View.

YouTube and Virtual Reality

YouTube began its support for 360 Video in March, 2015. Users can not only browse 360 Videos from their Chrome browsers but also from the YouTube app on their Android or iOS devices. Users can upload 360 Videos from various compatible 360 Cameras. While watching an 360 video, users can drag their mice or use the directional icon in the top left corner to change the perspectives of their view points.

In early June 2015, 360 videos can be viewed from the Google Cardboard. The normally 2D 360 videos can now be transformed into an immersive VR experience. When viewing a YouTube video from the YouTube apps on your smartphone, you can tap the Google Cardboard Icon then insert the smartphone into a Google Cardboard device to activate VR mode.

On July 26, 2015, YouTube announced the release of stereoscopic 3D, 360 degree videos "soon". Additionally, YouTube introduced 360 degree video ads. Bud Light became the first advertiser to run 360 Video ads on YouTube.

On November 5, 2015, YouTube released Stereoscopic 3D support for their 360 degree videos, making their videos truly VR. Additionally, YouTube announced that they are making all of their videos compatible with Google Cardboard.


January 25, 2016: Scott Broock, former Jaunt VP of Content joined YouTube as its Global VR Evangelist.


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