Periscope is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein. The startup behind the app was purchased by Twitter for a reported $100 million in March 2015. On March 26, 2015, Twitter officially relaunched the application on iOS under its own App Store account. Later, on May 26, 2015, Periscope was released for Android.
The services of Periscope are available in the mobile application itself as well as on Twitter. When connected to Twitter, Periscope users can allow other users to see links tweeted in order to view live-stream.
Users of Periscope are able to choose whether or not to make their video public or simply viewable to certain users such as their friends or families. Periscope allows viewers to send “hearts” to the broadcaster by tapping on the mobile screen as a form of appreciation. Under the People tab, there will be a Most Loved List that shows the users who have received the most hearts during the real-live broadcast.
The app can be misappropriated for video piracy, an issue that came to the forefront around the time of the app’s launch when several users of the service used it to air the fifth season premiere of HBO‘sGame of Thrones live; that network made the claim that the service needed better tools and policies to deal with copyrighted content. These issues were magnified further by a professional boxing event on May 2, 2015, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, which was televised via a pay per view that cost approximately US$90, but was widely pirated through streams of various quality on Periscope. Periscope’s terms of service specifies that rebroadcasting copyrighted content violates the service’s TOS, and can result in suspension or banning the offending account.
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