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Twitter ups Periscope's live-streaming game

The social media company wants to make relevant-to-your-interest Periscope broadcasts easier to find and watch.


Twitter is heeding some VCR era advice: Be kind, rewind.

The social network on Thursday unveiled several new tools for Periscope, including the ability for you to rewind live-streaming highlights. Another new features is designed to make it easier for you to find and watch videos, and a third allows Periscopes to play in embedded tweets.

Android phone owners will also be able to take advantage of autoplaying videos when they enter Periscope -- thankfully, with the sound off. These will be available in the Watch Tab and Global Feed.

The popularity of live-streaming tools has soared has soared in recent months. Much of the attention of late has gone to Facebook Live, a homegrown tool that has been front and center in news events including protests at the Republican National Convention and the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas. Its arrival poses a challenge to Twitter, which bought Periscope before it publicly launched back in January 2015 and has since been integrating it into the platform.

Replay highlights is perhaps the most relevant of the new tools introduced by Periscope for avid users of the app. For every broadcast posted, Periscope will now generate a short trailer so that when you land on the app's home screen you'll be able to catch up quickly on broadcasts you missed and then determine which ones you want to watch in full.

Periscope said in a blog post that it will be looking at "a variety of signals to determine what parts of a replay should be included in a highlight" and that it will refine these over time.

Replay highlights will be available in coming days for Periscope users with phones running the iOS and Android operating systems. Autoplay will be available soon on Android and is set to come to Apple's iOS at an unspecified later date.