GoPro battles live-streaming apps with $7,500 HEROCast transmitter




Live streaming with apps like Meerkat and Periscope are all the rage now. Not to be left out of the fun, GoPro announced on Tuesday its own live streaming solution: the HEROCast and HEROCast BacPac, two wireless HD transmitters that cost $7,500. Nope, that’s not a typo.

As free apps, Meerkat and Periscope are aimed at the everyday user. GoPro’s HEROCast, however, is designed for professionals — specifically extreme sports athletes.

See also: 5 accessories to improve your crappy Meerkat videos

What classifies as professional? For starters, the two GoPro attachments can live stream in high definition in 1080p and 720p resolution at 60 frames per second, something both Meerkat and Periscope can’t do. The two transmitters also use H.264 encoding and have very low-latency for smooth video streaming. Read more…

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