Periscope, the mobile live-streaming app that Twitter acquired earlier this year, officially launched its Android version Tuesday. Periscope’s app, along with its competitor Meerkat, has become synonymous with a new wave of live streaming, which makes it easier for users to find an audience. But the resurgence of live video has also led to a new wave of piracy, which has upset TV executives.
Periscope’s Android app is very similar to the service’s iOS app. Users can utilize the app to start live streams straight from their phone. Streams are either public, in which case Periscope tweets out a link to a user’s Twitter followers, or private and only accessible by select followers.
Using Twitter as a way to automatically announce live broadcasts has proven to be a good way to quickly reach an audience, especially for celebrities and others who already have a large number of Twitter followers. It’s also why Twitter paid a reported $100 million for Periscope.
However, the same mechanism has also turned Periscope and Meerkat into a headache for TV executives. Periscope users have used the service to stream the “Game of Thrones” season premiere as well as the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Twitter has said that Periscope is responding to DMCA take-down requests, but Periscope co-founder Kayvon Beykpour also went on the record calling the piracy threat overblown. “Generally there’s way more media attention than there is a problem,” he said at Techcrunch Disrupt earlier this month.