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New feature offers a whole new view of the Oscars

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The Academy Awards are going high-tech this year. A new feature will offer online viewers an inside look at everywhere from the red carpet to the exclusive Governor's Ball after party, and the viewers will be able to control the action through 360-degree cameras.

The Dallas-based company set up the cameras, which will stream video at the Oscars website.

For a $5 fee, Oscar fans at home can peek into “areas that people have never seen before,” Stephen Zalenka, executive producer for BigLook360, tells KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

You get to control which direction the camera points, navigating around such places as the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre, the area where the Oscars are engraved and a private backstage bar.

The “wow factor” of the 360-degree cameras, says Zalenka, is that they’ll offer real-time panorama views of the Academy Awards that viewers can control at home.