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Now Periscope auto-saves your broadcasts by default

Now Periscope auto-saves your broadcasts by default

Periscope has turned on auto-saving broadcasts, updating the video live-streaming app so that clips no longer delete after 24 hours. The functionality was promised earlier this month, a considerable about-face from the service which had, until now, prioritized ephemerality over building up a library of old broadcasts.

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Facebook Live Video gets ‘continuous’ mode for non-stop broadcasting

Facebook Live Video gets ‘continuous’ mode for non-stop broadcasting

Facebook Live Video is great, but not if you want to give the world a 24/7 look at your hamster, backyard, or whatever you’ve got around that’s at least mildly interesting. That changes with Facebook’s new Continuous Live Video support launch, adding a non-stop broadcasting option to the social network’s live video platform. There is a downside, though — you won’t be able to save the videos for viewing later on.

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BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent, or simply "torrent", may now be more easily associated with piracy, but the technology originated from a desire to distribute files, especially large ones, more efficiently, without being beholden to a single server or its limited bandwidth. That need is greater today with the rise of live streaming, which has practically democratized news and event coverage away from media giants. In a similar vein, BitTorrent, the company behind the technology, is announcing BitTorrent Live, a "multichannel, live and linear video streaming platform". In other words, a peer-to-peer live streaming platform.

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Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch, the video game live-streaming website, is taking a few step closer to being a social network. The company has announced a new Friends feature that, like just about every other social service on the internet, lets users connect and add friends on the site through their profile page. In addition to adding other users as a friend, you'll be able to see when they're online and chat via private messages.

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YouTube now offers 360-degree video livestreaming

YouTube now offers 360-degree video livestreaming

In February, we heard a rumor that YouTube was working on a feature that would let users livestream 360-degree video. Fast-forward to today, and the service has officially announced the livestreaming option, saying it is “taking immersive video even further” with the new feature. It has been just a tad over one year since YouTube added support for 360-dgree videos, and this marks the latest evolution of that functionality.

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BlueStacks TV livestreams Android games on Twitch without a phone

BlueStacks TV livestreams Android games on Twitch without a phone

Enjoying watching how other people play games, and enjoying showing other people how you play games, has become quite a phenomenon and a whole business unto itself. Livestreaming has, in fact, started to overflow into the mobile gaming industry, with the likes of Google trying to get into the game as well. Now BlueStacks, which lets you play Android games on PCs, is also jumping in. Bluestacks is launching BlueStacks TV, bringing Android livestreaming on Twitch to the PC. And you don't even need an Android phone to do so.

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Let’s Try Facebook Live Video

Let’s Try Facebook Live Video

This morning Facebook expanded "Facebook Live" to include the whole world and to include a litany of new features for all users. Originally launching the service for select brands and celebrities first, the social network has made the ability to share one's experience with the world on-the-spot available to the masses this morning. What we're going to do here is to make using or viewing Facebook Live very easy.

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YouTube Connect tipped to be Google’s answer to Periscope

YouTube Connect tipped to be Google’s answer to Periscope

Live streaming is now a thing. Although Meerkat, which helped catapult that activity, has called it quits, others have been more than happy to take its place. And by others, we mainly mean Twitter's Periscope or Facebook's newer Live Video feature. YouTube, which is easily considered to be the top dog in video streaming, isn't going to be left behind. According to sources, Google has been hard at work on an app aptly named YouTube Connect, which could help spread the service beyond its conventional video, and even music, streaming activities.

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Comic-Con to launch its own streaming service this May

Comic-Con to launch its own streaming service this May

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the annual event that serves as the hub of things once considered geeky but are now mainstream, has revealed that it's going to launch its own streaming service this year in an attempt to provide more news and entertainment than a single convention can hold. Scheduled to debut as a beta on May 7th (also known as Free Comic Book Day), the service, dubbed Comic-Con HQ, will act as a backstage pass to panels and events at the July event, in addition to offering movies and TV shows.

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Twitch’s Stream First turns livestream viewers into participants

Twitch’s Stream First turns livestream viewers into participants

Live streaming has become quite the trend these days. While we now stream live events, like sports, concerts, and political debates, the activity really has its roots in gaming. Twitch.tv was at the forefront of that new movement, becoming the de facto place for live streaming games. Now that live streaming is more or less an established activity, it wants to stir things up a bit. It has just revealed its Stream First initiative which not only puts streaming front and center, it also turns it into a collaborative activity.

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Yahoo’s new NHL streaming deal brings live hockey games

Yahoo’s new NHL streaming deal brings live hockey games

Yahoo and the National Hockey League have struck a deal that will bring up to four live streaming hockey games per week, giving fans a chance to watch games from outside of their market as they happen. The streaming starts today, and will involve a single “Game of the Day” being made available to U.S. users. This follows Yahoo's newly launched eSports Hub for esports content, and TuneIn's recent NBA deal.

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Meerkat accepts fate, ditches livestreaming model

Meerkat accepts fate, ditches livestreaming model

Meerkat has bowed under the weight of Periscope and, more recently, Facebook Live Video. In a statement, company CEO Ben Rubin confirmed the company will be shifting its focus and resources away from livestreaming and toward a new business model: it is transforming into a video social network where ‘everybody is always live.’ Investors were advised of the changes a couple weeks ago.

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