Verizon Wireless has admitted that it had indeed been throttling streamed video content from Netflix as well as other video content providers. About a week ago, there were reports that the number one mobile operator in the United States was seemingly capping connection speeds for subscribers who were watching video content from Netflix on the Big Red’s network. The major US wireless carrier has since confirmed that it was throttling network speeds in order to optimize the content.
According to a new report recently released by Ooyala, close to 57 percent of all video content around the world were viewed by people using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. While that percentage is a new record high for mobile users across the globe, it bears noting that those based in the Asia Pacific region are the most voracious viewers of videos, accounting for 61 percent of all mobile viewed video content.
It seems YouTube is making its mobile live streaming feature more and more available to all users by reducing the number of subscribers needed for one to enjoy access to the functionality. But Google is making it clear that it still is not made available to everybody. Officially, YouTube mobile live streaming can only be accessed by a limited number of account holders for now.
Twitter has recently revealed that it is joining forces with Live Nation in order to start exclusively live streaming video of concert events. The social media giant is reportedly already lining up a formidable lineup of recording artists, including Train, Portugal The Man, August Alsina, and Marian Hill. This coming May 13th, Zac Brown Band is said to be scheduled to air a live musical performance.
Here comes Clips, a brand new mobile app from Apple that should allow iOS mobile users to level up their social media game. Basically, Clips lets owners of iPhones and iPad devices to create personalized and easily sharable video content, images, and even audio without having to learn insane photoshopping or media editing ninja skills.
Facebook’s Messenger is launching a new group video chat feature that will basically allow up to six people to appear in split screen conversing in real time to one another. On top of that, this new capability will also let users incorporate selfie masks (a la Snapchat). Moreover, a maximum of 50 people will be able to listen and talk over voice, and also make use of text messages, stickers, emoji, and animated GIFs.
Facebook may not have beaten YouTube to deploying 4K 360 live streaming, but it did get the jump on Twitter’s Periscope. This week, the biggest social media platform in the planet officially launched initial support for 360 degree live streams.
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