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.
AT&T held a high profile event recently in order to formally introduce DirecTV Now, which will be going live on Wednesday November 30th with a price of $35 a month for access to 60 channels. The DirecTV Now service will be made available to view on a wide range of connected devices and platforms, most especially mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
With the official unveiling of its newest feature, Stream Saver, it appears that the second biggest wireless carrier in America is looking to allow its subscribers to reduce their data consumption by watching video content in 480p on mobile devices.
Even though it is just a startup, Gfycat recently managed to raise a remarkable $10 million in funding for its user generated content platform, which basically allows users to create audio-less, looping animated images and video content. And now, the company is launching its first ever mobile app. The Gfycat mobile app is designed specifically to be used for iMessage.
AT&T has recently announced that the pricing for its DirecTV Now online video service is now at only $35 per month. A little more than a month ago, we reported that DirecTV Now will be debuting before the start of 2017, and many industry watchers fully expect the service to launch by November. The $35 a month pricing will cover the cost of the video streaming, as well as the 100 channels of programming.
As revealed by Randall Stephenson, the chief executive officer of AT&T, the major US wireless carrier is planning to officially launch DirecTV Now, its online video streaming service, some time in the last quarter of 2016. He also took the opportunity to hint that the feature will come with over a hundred premium channels and aggressive price points.
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