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Facebook acquires interactive video startup Vidpresso

Facebook has acquired Utah-based Vidpresso, an interactive live-video startup focused on Facebook Live streaming.   While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the US tech press described the deal as an ‘acqui-hire’ that will see Vidpresso’s small team move over to the social media giant. In a blog post, Vidpresso founder Randall Bennett confirmed that the […]

Parks: 12% of US broadband homes use livestreaming platforms

Some 12% of US broadband households used a live streaming platform like Facebook Live or Periscope in the third quarter of 2017, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that 19% of consumers aged 18-24 engaged in live streaming, while the live streaming of TV shows and sports – including illegal content streams – […]

Facebook launches Watch video platform

Facebook has launched a new platform for episodic programmes, as it makes a bigger push into original video and attempts to lure content creators to the site. Facebook said it intends Watch to be a platform for creators and publishers to “find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work”. […]

Facebook adds subtitle support for live videos

Facebook is now supporting closed captions in Facebook Live, as part of its efforts to make the social network “accessible to everyone”. With the update, publishers using the Facebook Live API can now add CEA-608 standard subtitles to Facebook Live broadcasts, allowing them to be enjoyed by audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing. […]

Facebook Live now accounts for one in five video uploads

One in every five videos posted to Facebook is now a live broadcast, according to Facebook vice-president of product, Fidji Simo. In a post on the social network, Simo revealed that over the past year daily watch time for Facebook Live broadcasts has also grown more than fourfold. The stats come a year after Facebook […]

Facebook ‘missed an iceberg’ with launch of Facebook Live

Facebook made a dramatic about-turn with the launch of Facebook Live, moving the social network away from a video strategy focused on licensing content, according to one of its top executives. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London this morning, Facebook’s head of global product marketing, Matthew Corbin, likened Facebook’s decision to concentrate resources […]

Facebook to expand dedicated video efforts

Facebook is due to roll out its dedicated Video Home section widely across the service and could consider launching it as a standalone app in the future. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that while there are no current plans for a standalone video service, other Facebook services have […]

Facebook updates Live video

Facebook is launching a number of updates to its Facebook Live video service, including the ability to broadcast for four hours rather than two and the ability to broadcast in full-screen mode. The time update is aimed at general users of the platform rather than Facebook’s media partners, who already have the ability to broadcast […]

Sky to live-stream sport and news on Facebook

Sky is planning to broadcast “a great deal of content” on Facebook Live in the coming months across both news and sports, according to digital director Lucien Bowater. In a company blog post, Bowater said that Sky will give a “unique behind the scenes look” at a number of major sporting events and breaking news […]

Report: Google to take on Periscope with YouTube Connect

Google is reportedly building a live-streaming app called YouTube Connect to take on rivals like Twitter’s Periscope service and Facebook Live. According to a VentureBeat report, YouTube Connect will be available on iOS and Android devices, allowing users to stream video direct from their smartphone or tablet. Videos will be available to watch in the […]