Facebook tests let you rewind live videos while they’re streaming


Facebook is testing the ability to rewind an in-progress live stream.

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Facebook tests your ability to go back inhabit videos while they are still in progress.

Viewers have requested the feature so they can rewatch or catch up on important moments from a live video, facebook said on his media blog on Tuesday. After a testing period, Facebook said it would bring Live Rewind to users around the world.

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YouTube, Facebook’s main competitor for live streaming videos posted by everyday users, has been letting viewers rewind during a live video for years.

Facebook possesses priority video – and especially live video — in its algorithm recipe for the top of your News Feed over the past two years. It’s part of the company’s bid to gobble up ad dollars leaking from traditional television for online alternatives as ratings decline.

Also on Tuesday, Facebook announced the rollout of additional live video features for publishers.

It adds a simplified setup for people who frequently live stream by offering persistent stream keys, which essentially reduces the number of checklist items a publisher has to go through to launch a live video. It also allows publishers to post a live video to multiple pages, which aggregates views and interactions in one place.

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