Periscope Makes Broadcasts Permanent

Allison Howen
by Allison Howen 13 May, 2016

Live video broadcasting app Periscope has made some pretty significant updates to its platform, including making broadcasts permanent.

Previously, broadcasts were only saved on Periscope for 24 hours. With the update, however, broadcasts will be automatically saved on Periscope and Twitter with comments and hearts. Users have the option to delete their broadcast at any time, and those that simply want their broadcasts to still disappear after 24 hours can configure that option in their account settings. Periscope notes that the change should make it easier for users to find broadcasts and communities that they care about.

In addition to permanent broadcasts, Periscope unveiled a search feature that displays a list of suggested topics to search for, like #travel, #music and #food. Users can broadcast about a topic by hitting the broadcast button in the topic's search results to add the hashtag to their post or title. Periscope is also adding two special topics: First Scope and GoPros and Drones.

Lastly, Periscope made an update to drone broadcasts. Users can broadcast from a supported DJI drone by connecting their iPhone to the drone's remote. Then Periscope automatically pulls in the drone's video feed and lets users switch between it, their iPhone cameras and even a GoPro. Users can also narrate during their broadcast from a bird's eye view using their phone or Sketch.

"Every day, our community creates amazing broadcasts, Ää-, Ääwhether visiting a new place, performing a song, or sparking a passionate discussion," Periscope says in its announcement. "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."