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Periscope's website now organizes live videos into good old channels

Engadget Engadget 29/09/2016 Nathan Ingraham
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Yup, Periscope is still a thing: Twitter's live video streaming service just announced some new discovery features to make its web portal to the world more useful. Taking a page out of the aging but still successful broadcast TV playbook, Periscope is offering up sets of "curated channels." Some are hashtag-driven, like #Music, #Food, #Art and #Travel -- those will be updated whenever some goes live on Periscope.

Another set of channels will focus on current, planned events, like the presidential debates, and the last category of channels will be created as breaking news warrants. That's for things like the recent protests in Charlotte, NC. Digging into the latter groups of channels will surface both live broadcasts as well as completed videos that you can replay. Scrolling over a video will start a preview that you can watch, and clicking it will launch the full recording.

This is all well and good, but Periscope remains a mobile-first app, so most people are probably still going to interact with the service on their phones. But if you're the kind of person who wants to kick back and see what kind of crazy stuff people are chatting about at any given moment, Periscope's redesigned website is as good a choice as any.


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