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Facebook's verified users can now schedule live broadcasts

You won't have to wonder when a star is ready to stream.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 18, 2016
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You no longer have to wait patiently for your favorite superstars to share a link for their Facebook Live streams. Facebook is introducing scheduling to Live, letting publishers queue up streams so that you can tune in the moment the event starts. That includes queuing up audiences, we'd add -- there's a pre-stream lobby that lets fans mingle before the show. On top of giving you a chance to watch sooner, this should also help video hosts avoid awkward introductions where they're simply waiting for viewers to trickle in.

Sadly, you aren't going to be using this in the near future. It's only for verified pages right now, and the plan is to expand it to other pages over time. There's no mention of scheduling for everyday users, we're afraid. That's unfortunate -- what if you want to arrange a virtual tour of your new home? Even so, this is a big deal if you want to spend more time watching and less time twiddling your thumbs.

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