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Twitter for Apple TV adds live, 360 degree video and Periscope's global map

Twitter for Apple TV adds live, 360 degree video and Periscope's global map
From TechCrunch - May 24, 2017

Twitter launched a version of its service on Apple TV and other media player platforms last fall in order to deliver its live video content to the big screen. Today, the company is updating its Apple TV app with a couple of newfeatures, including support for Periscopes Global Map and the ability to watch live 360 degree videos.

The company notes that, with this launch, Twitter is the first Apple TV app to support live 360 degree video.

To try outthe new feature, Apple TV owners will use the Siri remote to move around the video to view its content from different angles, offering a more immersive look into the scene.

To date, Twitters TV applicationswhich are also now available on Fire TV, Xbox One and, most recently, Rokuhave been designed to feature Twitters live video content, much of it coming from the companys numerous content deals. For example, Twitter earlier this month announced a series of new live shows, including those from the WNBA, BuzzFeed, Viacom, Live Nation, and others. With the additions, Twitter met its goal of being able to offer users live video 24 hours a day.

However, live video content on Twitter doesnt just come from Twitters premium partnershipstheres also user-generated video to explore, streamed through its Periscope app or directly from users tweets. The company says that during the first quarter of 2017, there were 77 million hours of live user-generated video broadcast on Twitter.

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