Last week, Twitter announced that it was shutting down the short video sharing service Vine amid its growing struggle to monetize. Now, the original creators of Vine have announced their next initiative, a live streaming video service called Hype.
You can slip music, photos and videos into your stream, and customize the layout to suit your presentation. It doesn’t just have to be about whatever you capture on-camera, to put it another way — you can take a back seat. There’s also more two-way interaction than you get with the likes of Periscope or Facebook Live, as the audience has direct ways of asking and answering questions, casting votes or getting their comments featured.
The result is a service that’s less about as-it-happens events and more about pre-arranged productions. Test users have created news and talk shows, for instance. And even if you’re not bent on internet stardom, Hype could be helpful for recapping a vacation without having to send a wave of media links to your friends.
An Android version is coming soon.