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Twitter announces Bloomberg 24/7, raft of other new programs

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Last week, Twitter announced they’d be broadcasting live video 24 hours a day. On Monday, we learned the first iteration of that vision: a partnership with Bloomberg. It’s supposed to be an easy, snackable program to pop in and out of during your day. That might be the prefered solution for Twitter’s low-attention span, information-savvy user base.

Bloomberg wasn’t the only show brought to light, either. Ends up Twitter is airing a slew of other programs with various partners. Among them: BuzzFeed, Cheddar, IMG Fashion, MLBAM, Live Nation, PGA Tour, The Players’ Tribune, Propagate, STADIUM, The Verge and WNBA. Sure sounds like a television platform…

The Guardian is bullish on Facebook’s live video future, but also caveats that with an emerging super-user issue for streaming content producers — one that may be familiar to those who recall Google-plus’s initial problems:

“Facebook will not say how many people are using the service, but in July 2016, video intelligence company Tubular released some stats showing the disparity in scale: in June 2016 there were 6.8bn views of livestreamed content, but those videos came from just over 500,000 accounts. In other words, watching video is a mass-market thing, but making it remains very much a niche activity.”

The past week showed some opposing views of branded live video, too. While Adweek highlighted the big crowds brands are wrangling, Observer still believes live video — particularly Facebook — is a dangerous space for brands without some control over the proceedings. We’d respectfully point to the aforementioned Adweek piece as a prime example of how brands are using expertly-produced live video their advantage. Forbes buys in too, championing how live video makes everyone into a Netflix of sorts.

Your full rundown from another busy week of live video news:

Twitter Teams Up with Bloomberg for Streaming News — The Wall Street Journal, Lukas Alpert

Twitter Still Thinks It’s a TV Platform — And Here Are its Dozen New ShowsRecode, Peter Kafka

From Lady Gaga and Bud Light, to Tiffany’s, Brands Show Live Video Attracts a Crowd — Adweek, Christopher Heine

Can Facebook Make Live Video its Future? — The Guardian, Alex Hern

Why Twitter is Smart to Go All-In on Live-Streaming — Yahoo Finance, Daniel Roberts

Live Video is Turning Every Business Into Netflix — Forbes, Joel Comm

Infographic: Here’s the Difference Between 5 Top Streaming Services for Live TV — Adweek, Diana McDougall

How the NFL Juggles the Future of Streaming, the Decline of TV and Billions of DollarsRecode, Kurt Wagner

Twitter: 800 Hours of Live Premium Video was Viewed by 41 million Viewers in Q1 2017, up 31% — VentureBeat, Paul Sawers

Live Video and Living Room Videos Are Premium Growth Areas: Freewheel’s Lawlor — HuffPost, Andy Plesser

YouTube’s Crisis, Facebook’s Dilemma: Is Live Video Safe For Brands? — Observer, Jeri Smith

Can Facebook Fix its Own Worst Bug? — The New York Times, Farhad Manjoo

Hulu’s Cable Bundle Likely to be Announced at the End of May — New York Post, Claire Atkinson

BitTorrent is Shutting Down its Live TV Streaming Service — Variety, Janko Roettgers

2017 NFL Draft Ratings: Analyzing ESPN’s TV & Live Streaming Performance for Shocking First Round — Forbes, Alex Kay

ABC Affiliate Deal Makes it Easier to Live-Stream Local Channels — Engadget, David Lumb

Live at Home: How to See Concerts Every Day Without Leaving Your House — The Verge, Noel Murray

Maybe It’s Time to Treat Facebook Like a Public Utility — FastCompany, Cale Guthrie Weissman

Twitter Plans to Broadcast Live Video 24 Hours a Day — Buzzfeed, Alex Kantrowitz

ESPN Layoffs a Sign That Live Sports TV Are in Crisis — TODAY

Twitter is Considering Replacing Thursday Night Football Streams with UFC Fights — Uproxx, Ryan Harkness

Meet the Woman Creating the Facebook Live of Sex Ed — Vocativ, Tracy Clark-Flory

Mobile Rises and Data Costs Falls: What it Means for Video — Brafton, Tressa Sloane

Twitter Just Inked Another Live-Streaming Lax Pact — Adweek, David Cohen

A Fresh Round of Scrutiny for Facebook Live After Brutal Video of Infant’s Death — FastCompany, Christopher Zara

Could Visual Recognition Technology be the Answer for Facebook’s Live Video Problems? — Mobile Marketing Magazine, Tyrone Stewart

The Tech Behind Today’s First 4K Live Stream from Space — SiliconAngle, Bev Terrell

Sprint Spot App Rolls Out Across U.S. — Advanced Television

Marketers Out of Sync With TV and Video Viewing Habits of Average Americans, Report Suggests — The Drum, Laurie Fullerton

Look to the Stars to Better Navigate Television — MediaPost, Zach Rosenberg

Facebook Live Exhibit at NAB Draws Interest from Churches — Las Vegas Review-Journal, Todd Prince