HypeThe creators of discontinued short-form video service Vine have announced a new live streaming app for iOS called Hype.

Hype will have to compete with existing live video streaming platforms including Periscope and Facebook Live, but its creators Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupov are betting on its success because it offers some additional features that the others don't have.

Going in its favor, Hype lets users add media to their live video streams, such as photos, music, and animated GIFs. Users can also play music from their iTunes library and choose themed backgrounds for their streams where text and emojis can be added.

Viewers meanwhile can comment on streams and participate in polls, while broadcasters can favorite comments, offering more interaction than Hype's rival live streaming platforms.

Twitter announced plans to shut down Vine last week. The social media company plans to discontinue the mobile app in the coming months, but did not give a specific timeline.

Hype is a free download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

ck2875 Avatar
77 months ago
Who's paying the licence fees on the streamed music?
That was my first thought. You would theoretically need a license to broadcast the song.
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The worse the icon the more successful the app. It'll do great!
It's just future-proofing themselves. When this app inevitably shuts down they can just rotate the eyes 45 degrees and the mouth 180 to signal it has died.
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Mac Fly (film) Avatar
77 months ago
The worse the icon the more successful the app. It'll do great!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dilster3k Avatar
77 months ago
Can someone please kill off Music.ly? It's the most insulting thing to mankind. #ripyouth
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Douglas B Avatar
77 months ago
Who's paying the licence fees on the streamed music?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bitslap47 Avatar
77 months ago
This just in:

In the past few hours, Hype was purchased by Twitter. Facebook and Periscope then added features to let users add media to their live video streams, such as photos, music, and animated GIFs. Users can also play music from their iTunes library and choose themed backgrounds for their streams where text and emojis can be added.

Twitter has now announced Hype will be shutting down in 30 days.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
peterh988 Avatar
77 months ago
A live streaming application that only works on mobile? Good luck with that.

Oh, they work, just filled with 'wannabe famous' people with stupid hair doing the bottle flip challenge.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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