It’s the halfway point of 2016, a perfect time to take stock of the best entertainment offerings of the half-year. Check out our picks for the biggest digital entertainment trends of the year are below — and since “The top 16 of 2016” is exactly 50% premature, we chose the Top 8.
#1: All things live
Earlier this months, House Democrats live streamed a sit-in to protest the Republican majority’s inaction on gun control. But to the general public, the House floor footage was only available on social media, with even CSPAN broadcasting Periscope feeds.
That moment in itself was yet another indicator that live streaming is the future. The genre has been growing in popularity over the last year, with many jumping in the space in hopes of rivaling Twitter’s Periscope.
Of all the platforms offering live, Facebook has become a giant. Its service is being used by publications (including Mashable), celebrities and now even digital influencers.
At VidCon, YouTube became the latest to double down its live efforts by finally announcing the live streaming feature for its mobile app.
Others in the live streaming space include: StreamUp, launched by Maker Studios and Endemol alum Will Keenan, recently announced its first slate of live-streaming originals; YouNow, which also recently launched new original content, including one with RokerLabs, a New York-based video and live streaming studio spearheaded by Today Show co-host Al Roker.