Facebook Live Video Streaming Now Available on Desktop

Facebook Live was first only available to mobile devices (and Pages), but it has now expanded its services for all users to be able to stream directly from desktops. This ability brings more options for live broadcasters to directly go live through a webcam, and also shows Facebook’s seriousness towards live streaming and its push for video on its platform.

Today, all users can go Live directly from Facebook’s desktop website via their webcam, stream through professional equipment and software hooked up to a desktop and broadcast gameplay from their computer.

Previously, Facebook had only allowed Pages to stream from their desktop, not users, and only had limited gameplay streaming partnerships with game developers like Blizzard. There will now be a Live button on the desktop status update composer.

Moving forward, you will now see a live video button on Facebook’s desktop site as well. Earlier, the feature was made available to Pages, but now everyone with a Facebook account can go live through a webcam. Facebook has also added the ability to attach sophisticated hardware to ensure high quality broadcasting if users so prefer.

The Live Video option is available alongside Check in, Activities, and others on the top of the NewsFeed/

Timeline. Starting a live video is as easy as posting a Status, and it shows up the same way it did when you posted through your phone.

Recently, it was reported that Facebook, after the success of its Live video feature, is looking to broadcast original TV-like programmes from various genres and may pay hefty amount for it. Facebook was interested in original content from a slew of different genres, from sports to science, and the social networking giant was willing to pay for the content and could offer in the low- to mid-six-figure range per episode for scripted content. Facebook may go for weekly series and shows that last around 30 minutes.

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