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Twitter wants to make it as easy as possible for companies to live stream video on its platform. According to a report from The Information, the company is set to announce next week that it will open up its live-streaming API to allow media companies to livestream to Twitter. This would let companies use Twitter software directly to livestream video; currently companies have to sign deals with Twitter in order to use this feature or use Twitter’s live video app Periscope.
This would be the biggest effort by Twitter to promote livestreaming on its platform we’ve seen in a while, arguably since the launch of Periscope. Any livestreaming directly to Twitter currently requires planning and negotiations with the company, and Twitter continues to sign deals that bring more live content to the social media site. Last year the company streamed 10 NFL Thursday Night Football games, it struck a deal to stream over 15 e-sport tournaments this year, and most recently, it signed a two-year deal with the National Lacrosse League to live-stream an NLL Game of the Week and additional highlights.
It appears the new open API for live-streaming directly to Twitter will supplement Periscope. The report suggests the open API would only be available to media partners and not regular Twitter users, so we laypeople will likely be left with Periscope for our daily live-streaming needs.
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