GoPro Teams with Periscope on Live Streaming App

A camera maker and the developer of a live video app are teaming up to bring streaming video to a new level of ubiquity. To that end, San Mateo, Calif.-based GoPro said today that it is partnering with San Francisco-based Periscope, which is known for its eponymous live video app. Twitter bought the popular Periscope last year, and Apple named the company's live video app its top app.

Users can connect the GoPro Hero4 Black or Silver editions via Wi-Fi to any iPhone that has Periscope as well as the GoPro apps installed. From there, Periscope will begin to broadcast ultra-wide angle shots taken from the GoPro instead of from the iPhone camera. Users can toggle between the GoPro and their phones' cameras as they wish.

The service is not yet available for Android phones, although owners of Android phones will be able to view footage shot with the app. The final video product is recorded to the external SD card on the GoPro.

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GoPro has tried to tap in to enthusiasts of snowboarding, skateboarding and extreme sports, but the company has struggled in recent months. Its recent Hero4 Session camera showed disappointing sales as users seemed to prefer using their smartphones and less expensive action cameras to record stunts and events. There have also been complaints about how quickly GoPro drains smartphone batteries, especially when footage is broadcast over Wi-Fi.

Twitter said this month that Periscope live streams will now be played within its users' news feeds, so they don't have to click external links. By making use of the Periscope integration, footage from users?EU? cameras could reach a whole new audience that might not have seen the footage otherwise. Users have also decried how hard it is to use GoPro to share footage with various social network...

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