Twitter said on Tuesday that its Periscope mobile app for live video streaming will be shut down in March as usage declines and maintenance costs rise.
Twitter bought Periscope in 2015 before its launch, and given the popularity of the now-defunct Meerkat, it showed great interest in people streaming video from smartphones.
“We have made the difficult decision to discontinue Periscope as a separate mobile app,” the team said in a blog post.
“Over the past two years, we’ve seen a decrease in usage and we know that the cost of application compatibility will only continue to increase over time.”
Periscope features have been incorporated into Twitter over time, the team noted.
“The capabilities and ethics of the Periscope team and infrastructure already permeate Twitter,” the team said.
“We are confident that live video still has the potential to have an even wider audience within the Twitter product.”
Periscope will be removed from app stores in March and users have been informed that they will be able to download streaming files before then.
Twitter launched its Periscope about five years ago as a live streaming video that spread to the world of smartphones.
“When we started Periscope, we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation – to give users the best way to start or watch a live video feed,” the Periscope team said in a post at the time.
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