Watch Periscope on Apple TV

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Periscope’s Apple TV app is now ready for your weekend binge-watching, according to TNW News:
Periscope’s Apple TV app is now ready for your weekend binge-watching
Periscope made the announcement on Medium last week: Periscope — Now playing in a (Home) Theater Near You

This is what excites us about bringing Periscope to the Apple TV — the notion that you, your friends and family, can share what’s happening in the world right now, together.

The Verge published two reviews:

And CNET comparedWhat you can watch on the new Apple TV — and how it compares to Roku, Fire TV and Chromecast

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Periscope on Apple TV Is a Smart Move for Both Companies

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Periscope is slated to be in the app store at launch, and it could do some good in extending the apps reach. – fool.com

Periscope on Apple TV Is a Smart Move for Both Companies — The Motley Fool

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Reports: Periscope app coming to Apple TV

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Beam those streams to a big screen: Watching live video apps on TV

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Above: I recently caught these streams from Periscope users at the New England Aquarium, atop the Washington Monument and even one flying inside a Philadelphia Police helicopter.

While it seems obvious that new live-streaming applications such as Periscope and Meerkat were designed with mobile consumption in mind, I sometimes like watching streams on my big-screen TV at home.

My method requires wifi and an Apple TV device, and it’s pretty simple. Once you have both your phone and the Apple TV box logged into the same wifi network — and with the Apple TV cabled to your TV — all you have to do is:

1) Swipe up from the home screen on your iPhone
2) Tap AirPlay
3) Wait for the Airplay screen
4) Tap Apple TV
5) Wait a second for the Mirroring button to appear
6) And drag the Mirroring button to the right

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That’s it! You can watch Pericope, Meerkat or anything else from your phone and on the big screen at the same time.

You can tilt the phone to view horizontal videos from your Camera Roll or from YouTube on the big screen, but vertical-only applications like Periscope are going to make you wish you had a vertical TV, as I discussed in a previous post.

Connecting your home audio system to your TV can further enhance the experience, as I enjoyed while watching Diana Ross performing last night in Las Vegas:

Finally — while I haven’t tried it — I am wondering if connecting your phone to your TV with a Thunderbolt-to-HDMI cable might works as well for a little less money.

Who’s got other ideas for enhancing the live stream experience?

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Imagine texting your favorite performers while they play for you; or just do it now with Periscope

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Above: Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose reads messages and waves goodbye after singing “Ain’t No Sunshine” for a small, spontaneous audience Tuesday night on Periscope.

For many years now, I have been plopping down on the couch at the end of my day and checking YouTube’s daily “Most Viewed” list on my Apple TV, just to see what made people click. I can’t begin to summarize the countless trends and discoveries, but at last I have found something much more interesting to do.

A couple of nights ago, I figured out how to enhance the experience of mobile streaming video consumption by mirroring my iPhone screen on the Apple TV device — which I have connected to a big screen and my home audio system.

I watched and listened as one Periscope user streamed Neil Diamond singing “Cracklin’ Rosie” during a live a concert — and it sounded terrific; even though I’m not much of a Neil Diamond fan.

I found another user streaming from a Fleetwood Mac arena show, but the house lights were up; so, it must have been streaming either too early or perhaps during intermission.

Then, I hit the jackpot. There was Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose, strumming an acoustic guitar and singing into her phone — where about 100 of us were watching. Again, the sound was outstanding.

If you don’t know Pomplamoose, they’re not easy to define but it’s safe to call them exceptional innovators.

So, I simply texted what I was thinking: that I should not have been surprised to find her playing on this emerging platform. Mostly, I listened. And then I captured the frame grabs above just before she bailed.

This interactive experience felt like such a breakthrough — to text one of my favorite entertainers while she performed — that it made me wonder if this was how captivated TV viewers felt when they tuned in to Sing Along with Mitch 50 years ago.

Want more? One night later, I stumbled onto the stream from a guy who calls himself Marks Records as he rapped whatever anybody typed in the message window. Before I knew it, I had him rapping about my beautiful wife, our lazy housecat and my pitch that we all need to work together for peace.

I lost that link but found him doing it again yesterday. It’s quite an experience but definitely #NSFW.

I have also found myself attending sporting events through other people’s stream’s, often from the front rows. One guy streamed as Vin Scully read the lineups on the big screen at a Dodgers game. Other users took me to see NBA and NHL matches on recent nights.

The only problem is that you have to wade through a lot of baloney to find the good stuff, at least until somebody develops better search protocols. In terms of quality, this experience can feel more like surfing YouTube’s “Recently Added” queue rather than the “Most Viewed.”

Above all, streaming to the Apple TV left me wishing that I had my TV mounted vertically on the wall at home, and wondering how long it will be before mobile video production makes that the norm. Or, maybe we will have rotating screens? Time will tell.

Bottom line: Either I’m crazy or this is the biggest shift in social sharing in many, many years. What do you think?

Finally, randomly, this is still my favorite Pomplamoose video:

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