Big Periscope updates: Streaming from drones, videos won’t disappear

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Facebook Live might be the hottest live-streaming app right now, but Periscope is raising its game to meet the new challenge.

The Twitter-owned streaming app gave Mashable a look at three new features it plans to roll out over the next few weeks. The service will soon support streams from drone cameras as well as let all users automatically save their broadcasts permanently on the service (which rolled out in beta last week). Also on deck: New search and sharing features that’ll make it easier to find good things to stream.

Just a few weeks after Facebook announced it will support live streaming from DJI’s popular drones via Facebook Live, Periscope is doing the same.

The integration with DJI drones will be similar to how the Periscope already works with GoPro cameras. Drone owners will need to pair their iPhone (no word on if there will be Android support) to their drone’s remote and Periscope will pull in the video feed. And, as with the GoPro integration, you’ll be able to switch between your iPhone’s camera and the drone’s during the broadcast. (You can also switch between a GoPro, if you have one connected.)

Periscope is also slated to get new search and sharing features. Search will sort broadcasts by topic (based on — what else? — hashtags) to make it easier for people to find streams about topics they’re interested in. Users will also be able to add their own stream to a particular topic from the search results.

Additionally, Periscope will finally let you save all your videos — permanently. Once that update is out, all broadcasts will be saved automatically, including all your viewers’ insightful comments and hearts. You’ll still be able to manually delete videos after the fact, and if you prefer ephemerality, there will be an account setting to make broadcasts disappear after 24 hours.

The updates will certainly be welcome to many broadcasters, since there hasn’t been a good way to save their content within the app. Periscope first added a beta version of asave feature last week, but it’s a bit clunky, requiring broadcasters to add a #save hashtag to the title of their stream.

The new search and sharing features are both rolling out “in the coming weeks,” according to the company.

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