Meerkat Partners With GoPro For Extreme Live Streams

Users can now live stream their adventures directly from their cameras, company says

Last Updated: July 23, 2015 @ 9:40 PM

Live-streaming video app Meerkat is joining forces with GoPro to allow users to stream directly from their cameras.

The integration marks the first time Meerkat has extended the ability to broadcast beyond a mobile device, CNBC reported on Thursday after Meerkat made the announcement at VidCon.

Founded by Nicholas Woodman, San Mateo-based GoPro is popular with extreme sports enthusiasts and adventurists who will now be able to live stream themselves skydiving, rafting down rapids or jumping off cliffs.

GoPro3 owners (and with the next app update, GoPro4 owners) can connect their cameras to their iOS devices through Bluetooth and then open the Meerkat app and shake the device to start live streaming, Meerkat said in an instructive tweet.

The partnership is seen as the ongoing effort by Meerkat to compete with rival live-streaming app Periscope, which has the advantage of being owned by Twitter.

Meerkat made its splashy debut on social media in March but was followed just weeks later by Periscope.