Facebook's Live Video Feature Now Available to All U.S. iPhone Users

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook today announced that the Live Video feature it introduced in December is now available to all iPhone users in the United States, with plans to roll it out to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.

    Facebook's built-in Live Video feature is designed to compete with live streaming services like Periscope and Meerkat, which allow people to share in-the-moment video through iOS apps. Live Video on Facebook can be used to share streaming video with friends and family members directly in their Facebook news feeds.


    Sharing Live Video can be done by tapping on the Update Status button on an iPhone and then choosing the Live Video icon. Live Video can be limited to a select audience of Facebook friends, and it can be accompanied by a text status update. While streaming, it includes information such as the number of live viewers, the name of friends who are viewing the stream, and real-time comments. Completed Live Videos remain visible in a user's Timeline.

    Facebook for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Facebook's Live Video Feature Now Available to All U.S. iPhone Users
  2. Nicky G macrumors 6502a

    Nicky G

    Mar 24, 2002
    Baltimore & NYC
    This is great, does anyone know if the video is saved after the streaming is complete? Very useful if you're getting harassed by someone, etc. Instant evidence!
  3. Cuban Missles macrumors 68040

    Cuban Missles

    Stopped using Facebook a while ago. A friend told me that people keep tagging me so there are still pictures on my wall. Wonder if any of them are live? Need to check...
  4. chrismac2 macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2008
    Renton, WA
    This is for Live Video broadcasting (like Periscope/Meerkat), not Apple's Live Photos. I initially thought the same thing and tried to upload a Live Photo and did not see the live photo icon.

    Not to mention that I just checked and don't have the Live VIDEO option either yet.....so I guess it's still rolling out.
  5. JohnApples macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2014
    From the article:

    "Completed Live Videos remain visible in a user's Timeline."
  6. acctman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2012
    so you mean i have to download the FB app? i've been using Paper since it launched. grrrr
  7. keifer.street macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2013
    I still can't see this when I try to update my status... am I missing something?
  8. boccabella macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2010
    This is something Apple should have built directly into iOS just as they should have done with Instagram.
  9. MH01 macrumors G3


    Feb 11, 2008
    Sounds like a nifty feature if your a regular FB user.
  10. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I did it tonight pretty cool and yes the live video is saved to your wall once you stop broadcasting
  11. Nicky G macrumors 6502a

    Nicky G

    Mar 24, 2002
    Baltimore & NYC
    What happens if you interrupt the recording, without properly ending the stream. Does it properly record the file anyway?
  12. Makale.Helvetia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2014
    Tried with VPN but no luck..it's working towards your gps location i think

  13. weave macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2003
    Now if there was only a way to take an external video feed and broadcast it through this service.

    Where I work (a church) we broadcast our services live via a CDN, complete with live switching of 4 camera shots. It'd be nice to take that same feed and broadcast it into Facebook as well.
  14. Parafy macrumors newbie


    Feb 6, 2016
    Do you guys know if this works with an Ipod at all?

    I have an android but want to get this feature and woulud pick up an ipod just for it. I actually tried aobut 2 weeks ago but it didn't work at that time.

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