By now you may have heard about Perioscope, the live streaming video mobile app purchased by Twitter in February earlier this year.
If not, listen up for a minute. I believe this is a tool that sports parents may find very useful.
Periscope enables you to “go live” via your mobile device anytime and anywhere. It basically enables you to become your own “on the go” broadcasting station, streaming video and audio to any viewers who join your broadcast.
Dad can’t make the game because he’s away on a business trip? Gramma wants to watch but she’s in another state? No problem! Periscope allows you to live stream your child’s game.
Download Periscope for iOS or Android for free in the App Store or Google Play. This link shows you how to set it up.
Here’s some highlights:
- Once you download it and follow all the set-up instructions, announce the event on twitter a day or so ahead. Send a reminder on the day-of.
- The broadcast can be as long as you’d like.
- Once you are done, save the video to your phone. It only stays on Periscope for 48 hours, so if you want to save it past that, you can upload it to Youtube.
I’m not going to go into all the set-up and usage instructions. Just check out the link above. My daughter used it to broadcast my son’s surprise 25th birthday to his sister who had to miss the party because she was out of town. The possibilities of this little mobile app are pretty amazing!
No one paid me to write this post. I just thought this was a very useful tool that every sports parent should know about.