Facebook is set to launch an app that lets users watch the platform’s video content on television.
As long as you’ve got an Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV and Samsung’s Smart TV, you will be able to watch Facebook’s user-generated videos directly on your TV.
This comes after Facebook launched the Facebook Live feature that allows users to live stream events.
The move could allow it to eventually better compete with the likes of YouTube and traditional television channels for advertising revenue.
Facebook also announced a few more videos updates on Tuesday:
- Videos will play with the sound on by default in the News Feed, as long as your phone’s sound is on. If your phone is on silent, videos will still be muted until you tap into them. This change comes after Facebook tested videos with the sound on by default in recent months and received “positive feedback.”
- Vertical videos will automatically expand to fill the full screen, like they do on Snapchat. This is change is likely meant to encourage people to shoot and upload videos from their phones.
- Videos can keep playing in a little thumbnail at the bottom of your screen while you browse the News Feed. Facebook has already tested this feature with a subset of its users, but now it’s rolling out to everyone.
The release date is yet to be announced.
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