Twitter Turns On Live Video in Tweets

PaulRubens on Friday June 17, 2016 at 06:53:11 AM

Twitter Turns On Live Video in Tweets

A new Live button lets Twitter users access Periscope directly from the Twitter app to tweet live video.

(CCM) — Twitter users can now broadcast live video streams directly from their iOS or Android Twitter apps thanks to integration with Periscope. Twitter bought live video streaming startup Periscope in 2015 in a deal believed to be worth about $100 million. Instead of launching the Periscope app to broadcast live video, Twitter users can now press a new button labeled "Live" that can be found alongside the photo and video buttons when they compose a Tweet to start live broadcasting.

Twitter started to roll out the Periscope broadcasting capability to selected users last month, but on Wednesday the company tweeted that it is now available to all iOS and Android users. To use the Live button, it is still necessary to have Periscope installed on the device, and users who don’t have it are automatically prompted by the Twitter app to install it and are redirected to Apple's App Store or the Google Play store as appropriate. Periscope is not currently available for the Windows Phone platform.

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