TechCrunch: Twitter introduces pre-roll ads to Periscope videos

TechCrunch: Twitter introduces pre-roll ads to Periscope videos. “Twitter is announcing a new ad unit — pre-roll ads on Periscope videos. In a blog post, Periscope Group Project Manager Mike Folgner says the ads will appear in a way that’s ‘organic to how people already consume that content on the platform.’ Basically, publishers will have the option to run a short video ad that plays before you watch their Periscope videos (both live broadcasts and replays) on Twitter.”

Plus55: Brazil’s “Social Media Funerals” Include Live Video Streaming and Message Sharing

Plus55: Brazil’s “Social Media Funerals” Include Live Video Streaming and Message Sharing. “Throughout Brazil, funeral homes are taking on a new business. Offering live video streaming and message sharing, these ‘social media funerals’ cater to an increasingly online lifestyle. Many Brazilian family and friends live in different states, or even different countries, making it difficult to attend every funeral. As a result, more and more funeral homes are offering the service. In fact, an estimated 10 percent of the 5,500 funeral homes in Brazil offer an online streaming service.”

Engadget: Germany wants to regulate a 24-hour livestream as a broadcaster

Engadget: Germany wants to regulate a 24-hour livestream as a broadcaster. “You might want to think twice about running a non-stop livestream just because you can — at least in Germany, regulators will want to have a word with you. They’ve told the 24-hour let’s play channel PietSmietTV that it has to apply for a broadcasting license by April 30th if it wants to keep running.”

Baltimore Sun: Firebombing suspect’s social-media moves a sign that the revolution is being live-streamed

Baltimore Sun: Firebombing suspect’s social-media moves a sign that the revolution is being live-streamed. “Police say [Antonio] Wright threw two Molotov cocktails into a home in the 1200 block of Greenmount Ave. killing two teenagers and injuring six other persons. Beyond the horror of the crime itself, what makes this social media moment especially compelling is the way video and Facebook are being used by Wright and the woman who live-streamed his arrest to create a narrative that counters the official version of events from law enforcement authorities.”

Recode: Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and YouTube are bidding to stream the NFL’s Thursday night games

Recode: Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and YouTube are bidding to stream the NFL’s Thursday night games. “The NFL is selling the rights to stream its ‘Thursday Night Football’ games next season, and at least four big tech companies are interested. Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have all submitted proposals to the NFL in the hope of streaming the games, according to two sources familiar with the process.”

Social Media Examiner: How to Choose the Best Live Video Platform

Social Media Examiner: How to Choose the Best Live Video Platform. “Live video creates a unique, real-time experience that encourages your audience to comment and interact, turning individual customers into a community. In this article, you’ll discover the platform benefits and how to use live video on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”

TechCrunch: Facebook Live adds PC game and desktop live streaming

TechCrunch: Facebook Live adds PC game and desktop live streaming. “Facebook is taking a swing at Twitch while also one-upping its mobile live streaming video competitors. Today, all users can go Live directly from Facebook’s desktop website via their webcam, stream through professional equipment and software hooked up to a desktop and broadcast gameplay from their computer.”