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GMA Network to mount 360-degree livestreaming of debate

By: - Reporter / @santostinaINQ
/ 04:42 AM February 21, 2016

GMA Network will be mounting the first ever 360-degree livestream coverage of a live event in the Philippines, and one of the first worldwide, in its coverage of the first leg of the “PiliPinas Debates 2016,” the presidential debate being held today in Cagayan de Oro City.


The proprietary technology for the 360-degree livestream coverage, developed by GMA New Media Inc. (NMI), will allow any web user to pan the camera view around the venue in near real time, the network said in a press statement.

It uses a special single web camera that captures all the 360-degree angles simultaneously. Moreover, NMI’s 360 technology allows simultaneous streams to as many users with as many points of views and at bit-rates that are within practical web limits, the network said.


This technology was only recently made popular by YouTube but is limited only to prerecorded materials, GMA said. International news organizations have already used this for some of their taped shows, it said.

The 360-degree livestream will be available for near-real-time viewing on GMA News Online ( and later in GMA’s YouTube channel, on-demand.


Maintain dignity

The first presidential debate is hosted by GMA Network and its print media partner, the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The debate will air live nationwide on GMA from 5 to 7 p.m. with a simulcast over Super Radyo dzBB.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) election watchdog has urged presidential candidates participating in today’s debate to keep the forum dignified.


“Please give dignity to the debate, speak the truth, act justly, love goodness, walk and talk humbly and respect your audience,” said PPCRV chair Henrietta de Villa.

“Use the debate to give specifics about the national issues you will address if elected and your platform of government, too,” she advised the candidates.

Most important, she asked the candidates to “please pray.”

De Villa has encouraged the public to watch and listen, “because the debate is a noteworthy event wherein voters can discover how the candidates carry themselves under stress.”


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