The original creators of Vine have released a new live streaming app one week after Twitter announced it would be shutting down its video sharing app. It is widely believed that the popularity of broadcasting services, such as Periscope and Facebook Live, is the reason Vine failed to survive. The demand for live streaming video has grown rapidly, but is there room for another live streaming app on the already crowded App Store?
The creators of Hype believe their app can compete with the likes of Periscope due to its feature rich experience. Unlike Periscope, which only offers the ability to create, watch and interact with live video, Hype users will be able to incorporate other media into their live streams. Users can insert videos and photos from their Camera Roll into their broadcasts, and play music from their iTunes library. Hype also offers users the ability to add GIFs text, emoji, and themed backgrounds to a live stream.
Another glaring difference between Hype and Periscope is the ability to make videos available for people to watch later in case they miss the original stream. Periscope only archives videos for 24 hours.
Like Periscope, Hype viewers can interact with live streams by sending sparkles and commenting directly to the stream. Creators can also engage with viewers by creating polls and highlighting select comments.Hype is available now on the App Store for free. It supports all devices running iOS 8.0 or later.