It seems Facebook is catching up with YouTube on everything! Users can now view Facebook videos on a television screen says the social media network. This feature is supposed to allow users to stream Facebook videos using Apple TV and Google Chromecast onto the television screen using any iOS and other AirPlay-enabled devices or web browser. It also plans to soon add Android devices to this list. It is worth noting that the shipment of Google Chromecast devices overtook Apple TV’s shipments during the first quarter of 2016 (Q1FY16).
According to Facebook, to use this new feature, users would have to choose a Facebook video from the phone or desktop and click on the TV symbol on the top right corner and choose the device on which you’d like the video to be streamed to.
While watching the video on the television screen, users can also go back and check their Facebook feed on their phone. New videos can be viewed by choosing other videos from the News feed or the Saved tab. The company claims that in case of Facebook Live videos, users can also see the reactions and comments in real-time and also join the conversation on the video.
Other developments in the space:
In October 2016, Google announced that Google Play movies will work on its Daydream View VR headsets. It has partnered with Netflix, Hulu and New York Times for content and news.
In September 2016, Google discontinued Google+ Hangouts On Air, instead introduced YouTube Live for livestreaming.
In June 2016, Apple announced the addition of Siri and its voice command features to tvOS, to support better search and discovery. In the same month, YouTube introduced live streaming from its app. It also appears to be working on a new service called Unplugged which will stream cable TV packages for a fee.
In April 2016, Google launched the upgraded version of its media player Chromecast and Chromecast Audio in India, both at Rs 3,399/-.
In January 2016, television manufacturer Vu launched smart TVs that sport 4K screens and have a Netflix and YouTube button on the television remote.