According To TechCrunch you will soon be able to broadcast videos, not just for their current 90 minute limit, but continuously. This could revolutionize bar cams, beach cams and street cams! At launch, the continuous feed feature will only be live and will not be archivable. Nonstop Facebook video will be available via their Continuous Live Video API.
Facebook recently made traditional Facebook Live videos re-watchable with a permanent link, similar to YouTube videos.
Facebook’s head of video Fidji Simo told TechCrunch writer Josh Constine, “We’ve already seen some interesting use cases – for example, it was used by explore.org to power nature cameras — and we’re looking forward to seeing what Live API developers come up with in the future. We expect developers and publishers to get creative with this new capability.” Check out Explore.org’s Facebook Page here.
Facebook Continuous Live Video will have all the rest of the features that Facebook Live currently has. These include geogating to target specific locations or exclude certain locations and age-gating to restrict video views to certain ages. Via the API sites can now take and process videos through professional cameras and video broadcasting systems as well.
Facebook is rapidly surpassing the features of Twitters Periscope and is taking on YouTube for video supremacy. Facebook clearly sees video as its primary revenue source of the future with TV like ad buys from companies looking to reach highly targeted or extreme mass audiences.
Earlier WebProNews wrote about Facebook achieving the most watched video on Facebook ever over the weekend, and it all started from a Facebook Live video of a Mom with a Chewbacca mask!