The stars appear to be aligning for the mobile live streaming industry, as both Facebook and YouTube announced expanded capabilities for their respective apps, making live streaming more accessible and more directly competitive with Twitter-owned Periscope.
As the FCC prepares to vote on millimeter wave spectrum proposals next month, Facebook is urging the commission to adopt a use-it-or-share-it license approach and open up access to more unlicensed spectrum in millimeter wave bands, particularly the 64-71 GHz band.
Facebook is working with T-Mobile to make its video technically compliant with the carrier's Binge On offering, Recode reported late Thursday.
Facebook launched support for SMS within Messenger for Android, enabling users to send and receive traditional text messages without switching out of the app.
Video pundits have speculated for a while as to how Facebook would respond to the live-streamed gaming challenge posed by Google's YouTube and Amazon's Twitch, and the social media site this week revealed how it will attempt to beat its competitors in this game of thrones. Facebook and games maker Blizzard are teaming up to integrate social login and live video streaming into its latest major title, Overwatch.
Facebook and Microsoft have hatched plans to build their own submarine cable network that will bypass congested network routes.
BOSTON-- Media companies exhibiting here at INTX chatted throughout the week about the need to tailor their content to fit the different sizes of screens and the various platforms, like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, that viewers use. And beyond the event, at least one media company is paring back older initiatives to fund more social media-savvy ones: BBC.
Amazon's new Video Direct will allow creators to make their content available to customers of the online retail giant, in either transactional or subscription format. But while the service appears to challenge other OTT video outlets like Vimeo, it could provide a revenue-generating shot in the arm for the entire independent publisher segment.
Zero-rated mobile data offerings may skirt net neutrality principles, but one civil rights group claims they're an effective way for low-income users to access broadband services.
Instagram recently launched a legal battle against British anti-litter app LitterGram, claiming the app's name was "not acceptable" because it infringes the trademark of its photo-sharing service.