Roku gets Twitter live streaming video channel

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Twitter announced this week that in Q1 2017 it streamed more than 800 hours of live premium video across 450-plus events that reached 45 million unique viewers, up 31% from Q4 2016.

Twitter might best be known as a microblogging service, but it'll soon be heading to yet another video platform. The app release on Roku devices follows its rollout late past year on the Xbox One, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. The number of people I've talked to at The Verge who use Twitter's video app with any regularity is near zero.

All users with a Roku streaming player or Roku TV in the United States can now get the Twitter live streaming experience straight on the biggest screen in the house. These will include a mix of live news reporting and video that's posted on Twitter by users, which Bloomberg will curate and verify to augment its own content. Roku and Twitter announced Thursday that Twitter's video app will now be available on Roku devices.

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In December, the network hired Kevin Lord, the former General Electric/NBC human resources chief, to head up their HR department. In fact, if Shine is dismissed , Hannity tweeted on Thursday that it would mean the "total end" of Fox .

And the company now has quite a bit of live content available on its platform.

Roku's vice-president of content acquisition, Ed Lee, said: "Twitter live video streaming brings a new element to TV viewing with access to major league sports and other crowd-pleasing moments".

In light of that fact, while the vanilla version of Twitter's live video channel for Roku devices doesn't ship with Periscope support, that functionality may be added to the platform in the future. The free Twitter channel is accessible to anyone with a "current-generation Roku device" regardless of whether they have a Twitter account, they said. With the Roku app, you'll be able to switch between shows whenever multiple streams are live at the same time, and you'll see a cascade of relevant tweets scrolling by as you watch.

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