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Facebook trying out continuous live streaming

Puppycams are just one of the uses cases for a nonstop streaming feature the social network is testing on its live video platform.

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Facebook Live lets you broadcast whatever your smartphone can see for up to 90 minutes at a time. But soon you might be able to keep on streaming as long as you like.

TechCrunch reported Monday that a new "continuous live video" API is coming to Facebook's broadcast partners, which would allow them to keep streaming beyond the 90-minute time limit, for 24-hour-a-day views of nature, landmarks, and other such opportunities. Explore.org has already been testing it with live puppycams, TechCrunch said. The catch: if you stream indefinitely, Facebook won't record the stream for you to publish after the fact.

A Facebook representative confirmed the report, adding that the company is currently running a small test of continuous live streaming and hopes to make it available more broadly in the coming weeks.

Nonstop video isn't the only anticipated addition coming to Facebook Live. TechCrunch also reports that Facebook Live videos will soon show an "engagement graph" that visually highlights the portion of a live video where viewers were most engaged, so you can skip right ahead to the good stuff instead of watching the whole thing. That feature is starting to roll out to normal Facebook users now, according to the report.

Updated at 4 p.m. PT with Facebook's confirmation and comment.

Disclosure: Sean's wife works for Facebook as a business-to-business video project coordinator.