On Periscope, More Possibility Than Piracy

On Saturday night, some of the users on Periscope — Twitter’s recently launched live-streaming app — pointed iPhones at their televisions and streamed the big fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Their collective actions sparked a flood of news stories about Periscope and piracy.

While these stories are not surprising, it’s important to note that many of Periscope’s most active users — including myself — go to the app each day to experience something very different than what you’d find on television.

Anyone using Periscope on Saturday night would’ve discovered an endless flow of interesting live-streams from around the globe. One minute I was behind-the-scenes at a major concert (legally invited by the musical act live-streaming the footage), the next…I was chatting with some friendly folks at a pub in London.

It’s also important to understand how different the viewing experience is on an app like Periscope or Meerkat. Through their ability to interact with the live-streamer, Periscope users are part of an active community. Comparatively, pay-per-view events are largely distributed as ‘lean back’ experiences.

If you haven’t checked out Periscope, please do. Be sure to follow me there (Jon Erlichman)…and check out my daily quiz show #TechTrivia.

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