Twitter Is Opening Up Live Video to Take on Facebook

Users can also plug into Periscope, making livestreaming easier

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Twitter is making a bigger bet on video. The microblogging site and its live video app Periscope announced an application program interface, or API, today that makes it easier to to stream video from cameras and other equipment.

Periscope has previously inked deals with GoPro and drones. Now, the company is plugging streaming technology into hardware, software and cameras that let users start a video broadcast without connecting to either the Twitter or Periscope apps.

Telestream, Livestream, Switchboard Cloud, Teradek and BrandLive are plugged into the API.

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