Live-streaming services like Facebook Live, Periscope and Instagram Live have turned citizens with smartphones and Wi-Fi into broadcasters. News organizations that can rapidly navigate the vast number of user generated content streams emanating from breaking news events will be able to deploy crews more efficiently and get news to their audiences more quickly.
Enabled by the emergence of user-friendly platforms like Facebook, Periscope and Google Hangouts, stations are expanding their use of live streaming to complement regular on-air weather coverage and build a community around the coverage.
Twitter-owned social live streaming service Periscope celebrated its first birthday Monday by revealing a major usage milestone: Periscope has been used for more that 200 million broadcasts since its launch in March 2015. Periscope users also watch around 110 years (or close to 1 million hours) of live streams every single day, according to the company.
Periscope is developing an app for the new iteration of Apple TV that will let viewers watch live streams on their televisions. No specific details of its functionality or launch date are yet available.
Periscope and Meerkat have introduced a new format, allowing viewers to interact with broadcasters during the stream.
Speaking Thursday at Re/code’s Code Conference, Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour said that people using the live-streaming app have created 380 years’ worth of broadcasts in the eight weeks since Periscope launched. A big question: As live-streaming apps gain mainstream popularity, will binge watchers still have time for traditional TV?
Cable programmers have one more thing to worry about: the rise of a new crop of live-broadcasting stars on apps like Periscope and Meerkat.
Fans have long shunned piracy of live sporting events in favor of gathering around the TV, but now live-streaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat threaten TV’s golden egg. That stunning recognition arrived this past weekend when droves of boxing fans skipped the $100 pay-per-view fee and watched the much-anticipated match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao free Saturday evening.
The new, personal, live-streaming video apps — Periscope by Twitter and Meerkat by Life on Air Inc. — will likely get dragged by their inventive and fanatical users into a copyright and piracy minefield in Washington and the courts.
It seems like only yesterday (and pretty much was) that Periscope and Meerkat burst on the scene, live video-streaming apps that work on iPhones. Suddenly, everyone, from Jimmy Fallon and Tyra Banks to, well, someone like you can stream live video. And Periscope users can upload their video streams for on-demand playback over the next 24 hours. No longer will your public, such as it is, be deprived of watching you in real time doing whatever you do as conveyed by your phone.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers. After its fifth season began Sunday, users of a Twitter-owned live-streaming app shared the fantasy drama. HBO said Tuesday it sent “take down” notices to Periscope, the app that allows video streaming from users’ phones […]
Don’t want to use Meerkat simply because the buzz and the name offend? Here are four alternatives, from Twitter’s new Periscope to Stre.am, Livestream and Ustream, running through the major attributes, pros and cons of each. A great primer for newsrooms on the live streaming options.