Facebook now allows users to stream videos from their mobile devices or PC to their TV through Apple TV from an iOS devise and Google Chromecast through a web browser.
The social media giant is also working to enable people cast from their Android devices to Chromecast soon.
Facebook is focused on creating video experiences that people want, and have also heard that people want different options for how and where they watch videos they discover on the platform.
Facebook users who want to watch a video on their phone or desktop can press the TV symbol in the top right corner, select the device to stream the video to and enjoy the video right from their TV.
While watching a Facebook video on TV, users can go back and scroll through News Feed on the device they are streaming from, so that they can catch up on other stories while their video keeps playing on the TV.
Or they can find more videos to watch by choosing a new one from places like News Feed or their Saved tab. And if they are streaming a Facebook Live video to their TV, they can see real-time reactions and comments on the screen, and can join in the conversation themselves by reacting or commenting.
Chromecast is a digital media player developed by Google.
The device is a 2.83-inch (72 mm) HDMI wireless adapter that plays audio/video content on a high-definition television or display by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi from the Internet or a local network.
The Google Chromecast HDMI streaming media player displays content from phones, tablets, or laptops on your TV screen.
Chromecast works with a number of apps including Netflix and YouTube.
Apple TV is a digital media player and a microconsole developed and sold by Apple Inc. It is a small network appliance and entertainment device that can receive digital data from a number of sources and stream it to a capable television.
For users hanging with friends or just relaxing on the couch by on their own, Facebook hopes they enjoy this new way to watch videos.
Whether you’re hanging out with friends or just relaxing on the couch by yourself, Facebook hopes you enjoy this new way to watch videos.