Periscope’s Parachute TV Brings Scheduled Programming To Live Streaming

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With @ParachuteTV1 — a Periscope account with a lineup of scheduled programming — the app is no longer just a home to spontaneous broadcasts. People can now tune in to shows just as they would on television, Netflix and YouTube. –ibtimes.com
Periscope’s Parachute TV Brings Scheduled Programming To Live Streaming: Can It Save Twitter?

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The first Periscope star shows the live streaming platform doesn’t need Twitter

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What seems likely is that Periscope and other live streaming platforms will follow in the footsteps of YouTube and Vine, where consistent publishing will lead to a larger following. –digiday.com

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Periscope update adds functionality; illuminates shortcoming

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Above: The new global map of live streams inside the Periscope app shows more activity in Italy and Turkey than in the US.

The recent update of the Pericope app includes a map view which “lets users browse streams from specific locations around the world, selecting live broadcasts from different areas by zooming in on countries, cities, and towns,” according to the verge.com, explaining that: “Streamers will see their broadcasts appear automatically on the map view if they enable location data sharing in the app.”

But “beware streaming from home,” warns CNET, reporting that the app pinpoints your exact location.

The update “also makes replays available instantly, instead of requiring you to upload them after broadcasting, and will allow you to share the link to broadcast replays to Twitter, according to thenextweb.com, remembering that previously “it was incredibly difficult to find a stream you’d missed if you didn’t have the initial broadcast tweet.”

Other elements of the update “include an option for sharing a link to someone else’s broadcast, and localization in more languages, now up to a total of 29, reports appleinsider. That list includes English, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, French, Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese, according to pcmag.com.

This update is only available for iOS users, but should be available to Android users later this year, techcrunch reported.

Perhaps more importantly, Slate suggests that “the update offers a critical insight into Periscope’s bigger problem: There just aren’t that many people using it.”

Seen at the top of this post, a random sampling of screen grabs I saved late this morning (EDT) showed very little activity along the heavily populated northeast corridor of the US, but more action in places like Italy and Turkey, which is consistent with regional search interest recently indicated by Google Trends, illustrated below.

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Twitter search results show dozens of links attached to streams which came from Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference in San Francisco Monday morning, while only a handful were ever visible on the map.

Alternatively, it is also possible broadcast without tweeting; so, we can’t really be sure of stream count through any means. But we also have no reason to expect that behavior would very across the map.

Upcoming posts will focus on recent upgrades to the Meerkat and Stre.am apps, and will also catch up with another alternative.

What have you been streaming?

Note: Your editor has been posting less while leading recent streaming video workshops for journalists in Philadelphia; last week with the reporting staff at WHYY and then during the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, which brought 1,800 journalists to the city over the weekend. Check in for more activity over the coming days and weeks.

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All ears: Learning more ways to listen while streaming

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Above: I Periscoped the annual Procession of the Saints during the Italian Market Festival last weekend in South Philadelphia.

One of the most innovative elements of Periscope is that your followers can send you text messages which you can see on your phone screen while streaming a live video report.

Unfortunately, this process excludes web viewers who may have spotted your Periscope-linked tweet on their desktops of laptops.

But I discovered a couple of tricks to open up the conversation while covering the Procession of the Saints last weekend in South Philadelphia.

First, set your mobile Twitter app to send you text alerts when somebody addresses you. Then, while streaming you can prompt your web viewers to tweet questions or comments, and you will see them on your screen.

To do this on an iPhone: Go into Settings > Notifications, and scroll down and click on Twitter. Slide the “Allow Notifications” button to the right and elect the “Banners” alert style. That’s it.

You can do the same with the Messages app for friends who know your phone number. Although these alerts will be superimposed on your screen, they will not be visible to stream viewers.

So, it might also make sense to verbalize when you are responding to a tweet or a text, for the benefit of everyone else who is watching.

You can also ask those web followers to retweet you, and you can thank them when that passes on your screen. While you’re at it, ask Periscope followers to swipe left and share your stream with their followers inside the app, and thank them too.

Another takeaway from last weekend was that you will need to allow time for uploads between streams when using Periscope.

For instance, if you want to end one stream, move and start another, you can’t start again until the previous video upload is complete.

Otherwise, you will lose the replay version inside the Periscope app, locking out viewers who might like to see the stream over the next 24 hours, before it is automatically deleted.

I haven’t figured out the ratio between stream length and upload time, but it seemed as if a 15 minute stream took about two or three minutes. The formula will obviously depend upon your connectivity but I have to wonder if image complexity and compression might also be factors.

I also like to keep the replay version online in order to maintain the option of recording it with Quicktime when I get back to my laptop; so that I can save the comments and hearts.

You can also set the Periscope app to keep a copy in your phone’s Camera Roll. Click on your profile and “Settings” to fine the option to “Autosave Broadcasts,” but that version will not display the user engagement.

Finally, I had one strange experience with my screen flashing white several times before one of my streams crashed. The phone felt hot in my hand — perhaps from all the sunlight — and I wondered if that was a factor.

In any case, all copies of that stream were lost; so, you’ll want to do everything possible to avoid crashes before you begin. I’m not sure if it helps, but I have made it a practice to force-quit all other apps before streaming.

If you would like to take a look, here is a four-minute edit from the 17 minutes of footage I streamed on Periscope during the of the Procession of the Saints:

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Weekend reading: Issues taking shape around live streaming video

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Thursday night Periscopes, left to right above: I watched a parade in New Zealand marking the the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, checked out the view from the Philadelphia Police helicopter and watched as some guy chased wild turkeys around his yard.

The recent explosion in live streaming video emerged so quickly that you can still read almost every news media report, and I have organized many according to issue below.

Advertising and Marketing:
• Periscope Has More Repeat Users Than Meerkat – adweek.com
• Twitter Inc (TWTR) Periscope Service To Be A Major Ad Revenue Catalyst – bidnessetc.com
• Live-Stream Video Shows Big Potential For Content Marketers – mediapost.com
• Live Video Is The New Clickbait – TechCrunch

Business:
• 3 easy, enjoyable experiments CIOs could do with Meerkat or Periscope – itworldcanada.com
• Weekend Read: Do the Latest Live-Streaming Apps Make Sense for Business? – WSJ

Competition:
• Meerkat Beats Twitter’s Periscope To Android Launch – ubergizmo.com
• Twitter Is Winning The Live Streaming Battle – techcrunch.com
• Periscope Trumps Arch-Rival Meerkat In Tweets – mediapost.com

Critical concerns:
• All the Ways That Your Livefeed Is a Lie – gizmodo.com
• Up Periscope! Twitter’s live-streaming app is exciting us, but here’s how it could be better – The Guardian
• Periscope is ALREADY on its way to becoming a parent’s worst nightmare – Daily Mail
• Students voice concerns about live video streaming apps – usatoday.com

Education:
• Periscope vs. Meerkat for Education – Work in Progress – Education Week

Journalism:
• How social media livestreams will impact political journalism – Columbia Journalism Review
• Periscoping Nano News: Fairfax County, Va., Live Streams Press Conference on Escapee – emergencymgmt.com

Legal:
• Live streaming apps like Meerkat and Periscope pose legal risks – computerworld.com
•What Does Periscope’s Live Mobile Streaming Mean to Media? – huffingtonpost.com
• Periscope’s piracy problems: HBO issues takedown notices after Twitter’s app used to broadcast Game of Thrones – dailymail.co.uk
• NFL Broadcast Copyrights Threatened By Periscope, Meerkat – CBS New York

Politics:
• New Periscope, Meerkat Apps Changing How You See Politics – abc6onyourside

Popularity:
• The 10 types of people you will see on Twitter’s Periscope – The Guardian
• 3 ways people are using Periscope app live-streaming – digitaljournal.com
• Meerkat, Periscope making live streaming ‘interesting again’ – cbc.ca
• What Periscope and Meerkat mean to our lives – livemint.com

Privacy:
• Periscope live streaming app raises new questions about privacy, citizen journalism – CBC News

Search:
• Up Periscope? Get ready for a new data overload – channel4.com
• How will we index and search live video streams? – ITProPortal.com

What will you be streaming this weekend? Please consider looping in @Streamalism when you tweet.

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