Facebook adds TV video streaming
October 14, 2016
Facebook is rolling out the ability for users to stream videos from Facebook to their TV, allowing them to enjoy their favourite videos on a larger screen through devices such as Apple TV or Google Chromecast.
According to Brent Ayrey, Product Director, Facebook is focused on creating video experiences that people want, and is responding to peoples’ desire for different options for how and where they watch videos that they discover on Facebook. “You can already stream Facebook videos to Apple TV (and other AirPlay-enabled devices) or Chromecast (and other Google Cast–enabled devices) from an iOS device or your web browser, and soon you’ll be able to cast from Android devices to Chromecast as well,” he advises.
To watch a video from Facebook on your TV:
- Find a video you want to watch on your phone or desktop and press the TV symbol in the top right corner.
- Select the device you want the video to stream to.
- Enjoy the video right from your TV.
“While you’re watching a Facebook video on your TV, you can go back and scroll through News Feed on the device you’re streaming from, so you can catch up on other stories while your video keeps playing on the TV. Or you can find more videos to watch by choosing a new one from places like News Feed or your Saved tab. And if you’re streaming a Facebook Live video to your TV, you can see real-time reactions and comments on the screen, and you can join in the conversation yourself by reacting or commenting,” he says.