Periscope – New Features Announced to Step Up Their Battle Against Facebook Live

Periscope, the Twitter-owned live broadcasting app, announced on Monday about several upcoming features which will include broadcast search, the ability to save your broadcasts, and also drone support. With the addition of these new functionalities, the company aims to make the app more appealing. They have made the announcement within a Medium post.

Periscope - New Features Announced to Step Up Their Battle Against Facebook Live

Periscope Announces New Features

Perscope said in the post: “Everyday, our community creates amazing broadcasts — whether visiting a new place, performing a song, or sparking a passionate discussion. In the coming weeks, we’re launching broadcast search and drone support to help people form communities around the topics they care about and broadcast from new perspectives. We also want to share a preview of our full beyond 24 hours approach that will be available in the coming weeks.”

Let’s start with letting users search for broadcasts in the upcoming update for Periscope. The company mentioned that within the next 2 to 3 weeks, app users will be able to search for broadcasts that is listed by topic or by title. Previously, users would have to search for livestreams that are produced by the people that they only follow. Now, with this update, users will be able to expand their horizons as they can now search practically every video available on the app. Furthermore, the firm has also added prepopulated topics such as #Music, #Travel, and #Food among others.

Aside from searching through the upcoming global feed, users will now also be able to save their broadcasts. Just last week, Twitter announced the start of a public beta program wherein users are able to save their videos just by adding #save to broadcasts in order to keep them for 24-hours. With the upcoming update, these broadcasts will be saved permanently and without its 24-hour life.  Furthermore, should you change your mind and want to delete your apps, you can do any time in the post-broadcast screen or within your own profile.

Lastly, Periscope adds in drone support. The company now has ties with drone manufacturer DJI. To enable this feature, just connect your iPhone to your drone’s remote. Then, during your broadcast, you can switch from a bird’s eye view with the use of your Apple smartphone or you can even sketch on the broadcast to highlight specific areas and sights. Just about anyone with an iPhone and a supported DJI drone will be able to start broadcasting within the next few weeks.


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