Facebook Launches Its Own Video App For TV
Facebook has finally unveiled its video application that is meant for Smart TV’s and has kicked-off the launch with Apple TV and Samsung TVs.
While the social media giant had previously dropped hints about what users could expect with the new app, we can now finally delve into its design and interface in-depth. Here’s a closer look at the app:
First off, install the app which you will find under your Smart TV’s app collection. Launch the app and then log into ‘Facebook.com/device’ from your mobile or computer and then enter in the code which is shown on your TV screen. This saves you from having to type in the password and username using your TV remote, which can be quite a hassle.
After you have logged into the app, a video carousel will pop up, which will play each video one after the other. From here you can browse through the collection using your TV’s remote arrows.
Displayed on the top will be a selection of videos that your Facebook friends have shared. Next are the categories of Top Live Videos, Saved Videos and Recently Watched. Simply click Enter on your remote and your video will switch to a full-screen viewing mode. The up and down arrows of your TV remote can be used to navigate through the different video categories. There is also a section called ‘Following’ which shows you those videos posted by people and pages that you follow.
Facebook also uses its algorithms to decide what sort of videos you would like to see based on your activities and Facebook browsing history. For those who are used to watching lots of Facebook videos, you can simply choose to bookmark those videos that you would like to come back to later on. These will be shown under the Saved Videos category in your library. You can even go back to other videos that you have recently seen on Facebook, through the Recently Watched section.
Facebook has completely redesigned the interface of the app, as people clearly interact with their TVs in a contrasting way to their mobile devices. While the app has been designed to make it compatible with a TV remote, users can also choose to use their mobile phone as the main controller.
For those who consistently find themselves stuck with nothing to watch on TV, this app is a great way to find new content as it automatically plays videos from different categories, similar to the way YouTube does.
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by techtalks @TechTalks May 12, 2017 8:27 AM UTC