Twitter is launching its live video app on Android TV just over two months since it debuted on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox One. Those of you who actually like to tweet will have to get accustomed to spectating, as this application is all about video.
The app’s biggest draw remains its lineup of NFL Thursday Night Football games, with five of Twitter’s designated ten broadcasts left remaining. Consequently, Android TV viewers who download the app will be able to tune in to watch the New Orleans Saints take on the Carolina Panthers live on Thursday. You can check out the full schedule of Twitter’s NFL live-streams here.
The platform secured the social media rights to ten NFL games earlier this year for a reported $10 million. The first of those games was reportedly watched by an estimated 2.3 million global viewers on Twitter’s web and mobile outlets.
Best of all, you don’t even need a Twitter account to use the apps. Twitter claims that viewers will be able to watch the live-streams alongside tweets containing videos — an indication that it is hoping to entice viewers into signing up to its flagship platform with a taster of its core live tweeting experience.
Additional content available through the apps includes Twitter’s college sports live-streams provided by Pac-12 Networks and Campus Insiders. There’s also live Major League Baseball and NHL broadcasts, and Twitter’s exclusive pregame NBA shows.
For those seeking respite from the sports blitz, you can tune into live business news courtesy of Bloomberg, and Cheddar TV. Fans of viral web videos will also be able to catch the top clips from Twitter’s Periscope platform.
“These devices will bring Twitter’s live-streaming video experience to life on the TV screen,” said Anthony Noto, chief operating officer, Twitter, upon the apps’ launch in September. “Twitter has always been a great complement to TV, and now fans can enjoy even more premium video with live tweets and the best content on Twitter right from their TVs.”
You can download the app from the Google Play Store. Twitter seems to have messed up the screenshots provided, but rest assured this is the official video app and not the general Twitter app.
Updated on 11-16-2016 by Saqib Shah: Added news of Twitter live video app’s Android TV launch.