Facebook launches live video streaming service
Fri 4 Dec 2015
Facebook is introducing a new live video streaming feature which will allow users to record video footage and share with friends in real-time.
The new feature will integrate into Facebook’s main app, rather than being available in a standalone app like Twitter’s Periscope tool. The functionality was tested earlier this year by celebrities including The Rock and Martha Stewart – it is only now that mere mortal Facebookers can have a go at using the tool themselves.
The addition is still in early stages of testing and is currently only available to a few iPhone users in the U.S., before it rolls out to a wider audience.
Users will be able to post comments during the live broadcast, as well as see how many viewers are watching the recording. Contacts who have missed the live video will be able to re-watch it on their timelines.
Facebook statistics constantly show a rise in viewing and sharing of video content – the social media giant becoming a veritable YouTube rival. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has argued that video will be the dominant content of the future. This is certainly a reasonable statement – with views totalling up to eight billion on Facebook per day.
The world’s largest social network is also expected to add a new collage feature, which will allow users to combine photos and videos from a certain location or date in one post. The feature will first be available to iPhone users, before reaching Android devices next year.
“Now you can bring the photos and videos you share on Facebook to life with live video and collages, to help friends and family feel like they’re in the moment with you,” Facebook said in an official blog post yesterday.