periscope-logo-1920Twitter owned Periscope looks to be stepping up their live streams’s production quality, so they can keep up with Facebook’s Live feature.

On September 1st, a posted Periscope Stream by Alex, a popular Periscope broadcaster, seemed to be incorporating pre-recorded video and graphics during the live broadccast, as spotted by Mashable’s Sam Sheffer.  This looks to be a new thing, as Periscope hadn’t eer announced a way for people to add anyting to their live streams, other than whatever appears in front of their phone camera.


“We’re always testing new functionality that gives our broadcasters the ability to create great content,” a Periscope spokesperson said after they’d been asked about the apparent tests.  They declined to comment on how somebody like Pettit is able to insert pre-recorded videos and graphics into their live streams and if/when Periscope plans to officially roll out this option.

With this new potential feature, being able to insert pre-recorded video and graphics would make Periscope streams feel a lot less like off-the-cuff streams that popularized mobile live-streaming apps last year, and more like something cooler, and more official feeling.  But, this appears to be the idea, as Twitter in particular has tried attracting more TV-quality live broadcasts this year, through the deals they make with companies like NFL, CBS, Bloomberg and others. It was earlier this year when Facebook added a way for media companies to broadcast pre-recorded footage through Facebook Live.

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