TikTok has announced a slew of new live video features coming to the popular video app platform for both creators and viewers, including scheduled events, picture-in-picture support for iOS and Android, and group live broadcasting with two users. This comes as part of the company's increasing efforts to push users to create and watch live videos.
Lots of new features are putting TikTok's live platform on par with other live video services, adding the ability for creators to schedule broadcasts in advance (which TikTok calls a "Live Event") that viewers can sign up for and receive notifications about, creators will also be able to From adding countdown timers to regular TikTok videos in poster form to help promote upcoming broadcasts as well.
Also new is the ability to host a live stream with someone else (although TechCrunch reports that TikTok is testing larger shared streams for the future as well).
TikTok is also expanding its already announced Q&A feature for live videos to make it easier for hosts to interact with viewers mid-stream. Along the same lines, TikTok is adding new comment filtering options to block specific keywords from live chats, and the ability to set moderators who can block and mute The voice of viewers who misbehave.
The company makes it easy to find and browse live streams with a dedicated 'Live' button that's already rolling out to viewers' feeds. TikTok also supports picture-in-picture modes for iOS and Android, allowing you to continue watching TikTok live broadcasts even when you're not in the app.
TikTok's live streaming features are still relatively new, especially compared to industry staples like YouTube or Instagram, but the new features being rolled out today should help the social video platform better compete in the future.