Go Live on Twitter

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Share what’s happening with live video on Twitter.

Share your stories as they unfold with live video on Twitter. Whether you’re broadcasting live from the studio, the sidelines, the red carpet, the scene of a breaking news event, or just because you want to connect with your followers, Twitter offers easy-to-use tools to share what’s happening.

With Media Studio Producer and a flexible API for professional broadcasts, as well as well as a one-touch broadcasting from the Twitter app, our live video toolkit has your broadcasting needs covered.

  • Real-time

    Share your story as it happens

  • Conversational

    Give people a way to watch what they’re tweeting about.

  • Engaging

    Live video is one of the most engaging formats on Twitter.

Four ways to go live on Twitter

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Professional broadcasting with Media Studio Producer

Producer allows publishers to launch professionally-produced live broadcasts on Twitter directly from Media Studio. With flexible settings, Producer makes it easy to add Twitter to your video distribution strategy.

  • Self-service, professional live streams
    Producer gives publishers a self-serve way to launch a professionally-produced live stream on Twitter.
  • Compatible with external encoders
    Publishers can live-stream content on Twitter with external encoding hardware or software—a requirement for professional content creators.
  • Monetize your live video
    Amplify Publisher Partners can monetize live broadcasts to drive revenue from a live stream.

Learn more about Producer here.

Mobile broadcasting with the Twitter app

Twitter is where to see what’s happening in the world, from breaking news to major live events. You can easily create live videos, powered by Periscope, to share what’s happening live directly from the Twitter app on your phone.

  • One-touch broadcasting: It’s never been easier to go live on Twitter. Launch a broadcast directly from the app by tapping the live video icon as you compose a Tweet.
  • Broadcast anywhere: The world doesn’t wait for a camera crew to arrive. When you want to share what’s happening, the Twitter app on your phone is all you need to broadcast on a moment’s notice.

Learn more about broadcasting with the Twitter app here.


Mobile broadcasting with Periscope

The Periscope app provides another easy way to live-stream from your phone, enabling you to share what’s happening around you with the world as it happens.

  • Add your location and channel: Adding location to your broadcast will let people discover you from the map tab on Periscope. Adding your broadcast to a channel will let people interested in that subject find your broadcast.
  • Tweet your broadcast: Tweeting the link to your broadcast makes your live stream watchable to audiences across both Twitter and Periscope.
  • Use Super Hearts: Allow Periscope viewers to show their support by giving you Super Hearts. These virtual coins, available for purchase inside the app, allow fans to reward their favorite publishers and creators with real money.

Learn more about broadcasting with Periscope here.

Update as of Dec 15, 2020: Periscope and the Super Broadcaster program are shutting down on March 31, 2021. Learn more here.

Broadcast via third parties with the live API

We also now offer an API for third-party devices and services to stream professional video directly to Twitter. If you’re a developer of encoders, cameras, streaming software, and similar applications, learn more about our Periscope API here.