Periscope Rivals Facebook, Adds Drone Integration And Live Streams

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Periscope on Tuesday announced an update to its video app that let users broadcast live directly from a drone and to save broadcasts beyond 24 hours.

The new functionality could have significant ramifications for companies that have struggled to find ways to use the app for promotional purposes.

Periscope named China-based drone company DJI to support its livestreamed videos.

According to the Twitter-owned company, broadcast will now be searchable via title and topic, search will sort broadcasts by topic to make it easier for people to find streams about topics they’re interested in. Users will also be able to add their own stream to a particular topic from the search results. However only live streams with hashtags in their titles are searchable.

Periscope broadcasts will no longer disappear after 24 hours by default. Instead, broadcasts will be available permanently on a broadcaster’s profile — and inside the tweets where they are often shared. Users can set broadcasts to disappear by default if they like, and can still delete broadcasts whenever they want. Until the update arrives in three weeks, Periscope users can begin making their broadcasts permanent by adding “#save” to the description when they begin streaming.

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“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,” the company said in a post.

According to Hindustantimes, the new update will make interactions better over the live streams and the integration of drones will see addition of much better and exciting videos. Now a user just has to add the drone through the app and then broadcast by switching from front and back facing phone cameras..