Facebook unmutes and launches TV app

Daisy Doctor
By Daisy Doctor | 15 February 2017

Facebook has today announced the release of a standalone app for television in a string of changes the company is making to the social network.

The connected video app will allow Facebook users to watch clips from their friends and their own 'liked' pages on TV, as well as watching top live videos. The app will roll out in the next few weeks on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV.

There are also plans to make the app compatible with additional television set-top boxes in the future.

As well as this news, Facebook will also turn sound on videos in News Feeds. Possibly as a result of marketers and advertising pushing ads with sound, the volume will be on as the app's default option.

As part of the change, the sound will fade in and out as you scroll through your newsfeed. At present ads and videos are on mute, with most using subtitles to replace sound. 

 

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