Live-Streaming from drone to facebook at F8

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Facebook recently introduced live-streaming video and has been gradually rolling this feature out to users.
Today, Facebook held its annual F8 conference for developers, and announced that they will be allowing developers to build live Facebook video right into their apps - even apps used to control drones! On stage, CEO Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated this by live-streaming himself to Facebook using a DJI Inspire 1. Soon, we may very well see mass adoption of Facebook users drone-streaming themselves to their friends' newsfeeds!


At the annual F8 developer conference today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would be releasing an API for its live-streaming video feature. This will allow developers to build live Facebook video right into their apps. To demonstrate, Facebook showed off a DJI drone, live-streaming an aerial shot of Zuckerberg directly to the social network. It briefly hovered onstage next to the social network's founder and chief, who waved nervously before wishing the aerial robot goodbye.

DJI introduced live-streaming to its drones in the summer of 2015 with the release of the Phantom 3. But that capability only worked with YouTube and and its Chinese equivalent, Youku. Pilots will now have a third option, and it will be a platform with a massive and rapacious audience. Facebook has been pushing live video into users feeds, and streams from publishers and celebrities have been getting hundreds of thousands of concurrent viewers and tens of millions of total views.


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An update to this story - Larnach Castle in New Zealand was the first subject to be live-streamed to Facebook by drone for the launch of this feature.
Even Mark Zuckerberg hit the 'like' button on this one!

And some info about the castle: