Live-streaming is becoming all the rage and many would dive into the bandwagon, especially in social media, and Periscope is part of that wave of fame as it generated a lot of heat when it was launched back last year. While broadcasts from the live-streaming service were previously stored and viewable for only 24-hours, now, the app is testing out a new feature wherein users are able to save their videos indefinitely.
Periscope Introduces Feature for Users to Save Their Live-Stream Videos Indefinitely
This new Periscope feature is currently (at the time of writing) in open beta. This means that practically anyone who has the app can test out the new functionality. Chief Executive Officer Kayvon Beykpour announced the move in a broadcast, and of course, with the use of their very own live-streaming service. When users will put #save as part of their broadcasts title, the recorded clip will then be there for as long as the user chooses. Of course, there was a previous workaround wherein you would be able to store your recorded videos and view them offline.
During the aforementioned announcement, the Periscope CEO stated that the “#save” designation in broadcast titles will go away once the feature leaves its open beta and will permanently become an official integration for the application. For the time being, users are advised to use the “#save” implication on their broadcast titles in order to save their videos. Furthermore, when typing in #save on the title, make sure that there are no suffixes or prefixes attached to it within the description lest it won’t work.
Naturally speaking, this is not great news for some third-party apps such as Katch, in which that app made a business already out of allowing users to save their broadcasts to which can be posted somewhere else.
With the move to turn temporary videos into permanent ones, it falls in line with the company’s efforts in building out the platform, which even includes its workforce. The live-streaming service recently hired Evan Hansen, a veteran tech reporter and editor, in order to begin curating and highlighting content found on the app and assist the editorial team in developing. He left Medium wherein he was in a similar position as head of content labs.
It would seem that Periscope is following the footsteps of that of Facebook Live, to which allowed users to save videos indefinitely even after their broadcasts are over. However, Beykpour told Mashable back in April that his company does not focus on competition such as that.