New Standard Endorsed For Broadcast To Phones
The GSMA today endorsed IMB (Integrated Mobile Broadcast) as a new 3GPP standard. IMB is designed primarily for broadcast of live TV and other high-volume video content, similar to MediaFLO and DVB-H technologies. It is based in part on WCDMA technology, and includes the ability to hand off a live video stream between unicast over WCDMA and broadcast over IMB. It is designed primarily to work in the mostly unused unpaired TDD radio bands that were auctioned off together with 2100 MHz 3G spectrum in Europe.
Instagram Now Lets You Save Live Videos to Camera Roll
Instagram today made it possible to save live video broadcasts to your phone's local gallery. Live videos that are broadcast to Instagram eventually disappear from the app, but now users can elect to store videos on their phone for safekeeping.
Twitter's Periscope App Reaches Android
Twitter today made its Periscope live-streaming video application available to Android devices. The app lets people broadcast a live video feed to their Twitter followers, who can join or leave feeds at will, as well as rate them with hearts.
Facebook Fully Commits to Live Video with New Tools
Facebook today significantly expanded the capabilities of its Live Video feature by adding more ways to connect and share with viewers. First, users can now broadcast live video to small groups or schedule live video events in advance.
Facebook Live to Reach Android Phones This Week
Facebook today said it is expanded the availability of its Facebook Live video feature to people who use Android devices. Until now, the feature had been restricted to Apple iPhones.
Sony Xperia Phones Can Now Broadcast Games to Twitch
Sony today announced a new partnership with Twitch that will let select Xperia smartphones broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch. Twitch has allowed Android devices to view gameplay before, Sony's Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4, and Xperia Z4v smartphones, and the Xperia Z4 Tablet can now push Android games to Twitch live.