Facebook Live

  • What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room

    What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room

    Livestreams start boring because broadcasters don’t want to begin the real action until more people have tuned in. That can take a few minutes, even with streams being rapidly distributed via push notifications, tweets and the News Feed. But by that time, the initial audience may have bounced, and the recorded replay won’t entice viewers later. Facebook Live videos auto-play… Read More

  • Facebook enables Continuous Live Video to power puppycams and more

    Facebook enables Continuous Live Video to power puppycams and more

    Live mobile video is evolving beyond selfie-stream rants and citizen journalism. Facebook will now allow non-stop, long-form broadcasting as long as the creators don’t mind that they won’t be able to permanently save and share the video. The new Continuous Live Video API enables persistent streams like nature feeds, 24-hour windows into major landmarks or cameras trained on a pit… Read More

  • Periscope mimics FB Live by letting you permanently #Save replays

    Periscope mimics FB Live by letting you permanently #Save replays

    Periscope added its biggest missing feature today in a move that could make it more palatable to brands and social stars, and help it compete with Facebook Live. You can now permanently save replays of your broadcasts by including #Save in their title. You still can delete them later if you want. Previously, broadcasts disappeared after 24 hours. Periscope’s CEO Kayvon Beykpour took… Read More

  • Video consumption on Snapchat more than doubled in less than a year

    Video consumption on Snapchat more than doubled in less than a year

    Snapchat may have started out as the ephemeral messaging and photo-sharing app, but a majority of users now consume video there too, according to a report from Bloomberg today. Daily video views on Snapchat have spiked to 10 billion, the report said. That’s up from 8 billion video views on Snapchat in February this year, 6 billion daily video views in November 2015, and 4 billion in… Read More

  • That time when we ate super-powered hot sauce live on Facebook

    That time when we ate super-powered hot sauce live on Facebook

    I’ve officially been at TechCrunch for a week and a half now, which I’ve been informed is the hot sauce anniversary. You know, the one where Thrillist sends you a bottle of scientifically-engineered hot sauce made from peppers with names like the Trinidad moruga scorpion, Carolina reaper and the only slightly less ominously named ghost pepper. And I’ve been assured that the… Read More

  • Facebook Live opens to developers, starting with Livestream, DJI and others

    Facebook Live opens to developers, starting with Livestream, DJI and others

    Facebook Live could take live video to a new level of popularity. Now third-party developers will get a chance to participate. Today at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company said it’s releasing an API for developers who want to plug into Facebook Live, and it also announced the first partners — including Livestream (maker of the Mevo camera), BuzzFeed, Vidpresso… Read More

  • Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

    Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

    Today Facebook launches its full assault on YouTube with a dedicated hub for watching Live and recorded videos in its mobile app. A Video tab is taking over Messenger’s prime, center spot in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, turning Facebook into a destination for discovering videos categorized by topic beyond stumbling across them in the feed. The Video hub heavily… Read More

  • Facebook fights Periscope by showing Live videos higher than saved streams

    Facebook fights Periscope by showing Live videos higher than saved streams

    It doesn’t matter if it was Live if you missed it. And Facebook knows that people watch actually Live streams 3X longer than saved ones. So it’s changing the News Feed to prefer on-going broadcasts. Twitter’s big advantage with Periscope is that they’re both inherently real-time platforms. Periscopes generate notifications for all your followers there, and show up… Read More

  • Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Get ready for the big Live streaming showdown. Finally we’ll see who’s approach wins: Twitter and Periscope with a separate app and replays that can only be watched for 24 hours, or Facebook Live with its feature integrated into the popular social network and allowing replays to live on permanently. After 5 months of tweaks and slow rollouts, today Facebook is opening its Live… Read More