Twitter Launches Live-Streaming Apps


Twitter is launching a new free app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Microsoft’s Xbox One so users can stream live video from their TV sets.

The free app will feature all live streaming video available on Twitter, including live streams of 10 NFL Thursday Night Football games, as well as content from MLB Advanced Media, NBA, Pac 12 Networks, Campus Insiders, Cheddar and Bloomberg News.

Twitter’s new app also lets you see more traditional Twitter content – such as top Tweets and top global Vines and Periscopes, as well as abuse from random Tweeters – side-by-side with the the show you’re watching.

The idea is to engage people on Twitter while they are watching TV.

Twitter said anyone with these devices, regardless of whether they have a Twitter account or a pay TV subscription, can use the app.

And for Apple TV users, viewers can take advantage of live premium video and check out Tweeted video clips through “a seamless side-by-side video experience”.

”These devices will bring Twitter’s live streaming video experience to life on the TV screen,” said Anthony Noto, chief financial officer at Twitter.

“Twitter has always been a great complement to TV, and now fans can enjoy even more premium video with live Tweets – and the best content on Twitter – right from their TVs.

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“We’re excited to introduce this new experience to people, without requiring a paywall or having to log in to Twitter.”

These free apps will become available in select markets around the world, starting today, Twitter said.

While Twitter for Apple TV is available globally via the App Store for Apple TV, Twitter on Xbox One is only available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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