The photo-sharing platform Instagram has announced that it is extending the time limit for live streams from 60 minutes to four hours.
The company says this could help people such as instructors (yoga, fitness, school teachers, musicians, artists, and, cooks, etc.) who had to pivot to virtual classes, budding musicians, artists, or activists hosting discussions with fellow peers engage with their audience with no interruption from a 60 min time limit.
Instagram has already announced the notification through its Twitter account.
🌟3 updates about Live🌟
🎥You can now go Live for up to 4 hours
🎞You can save your Lives for 30 days before they delete
📺 You’ll start seeing a “Live Now” section in the IGTV app and on Explore so you can discover more Lives pic.twitter.com/0wipQJXr1F
— Instagram (@instagram) October 27, 2020
As per Instagram, it is also adding the option to archive live broadcasts for as long as 30 days.
“Now your live videos will be kept in your archive. Only you can see them. After the end of your live video, they will be available in your archive for 30 days. You can download your live videos to your device or upload them to IGTV from your archive, ” the company said in a statement.
However, in order to quality for the new four-hour limit, your accounts must be in good standing, with no history of intellectual property or policy violations, the company added.
The company also said they are trying to launch these new features very soon.