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Facebook Has Added Apple TV and Chromecast Support To Stream Video

By Jiran , Oct 14, 2016 01:54 AM EDT
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Facebook continues to please its most loyal users and attract more. The tech giant has announced that it's adding an Apple TV and Chromecast support to stream video. The new feature is currently only available to iOS devices and web browsers. Facebook is yet to allow users to cast from Android devices to Chromecast.

Watching videos on Facebook has never been this cool.

How Does It Work?

Facebook users can simply pick a video they want to watch on their TV. They could be using their phone or desktop. The tech company explained that users have to press the TV symbol. It is found in the top right corner of the Facebook video.

They need to choose which device they want it to be streamed in. The user will now be able to enjoy watching it on the TV, according to Facebook.

Another exciting feature is letting the user browse through his/her account while the video is still being played on the TV. You can also simultaneously select more videos to watch. It will also able to display real-time reactions and comments of Facebook Live videos on the TV screen.

It also adds fun by allowing the user to join the conversation by also reacting and commenting.

The Feature's History And Competitions

According to Tech Crunch, Facebook had started to test streaming to TV from both Android and iOS back in May and in August, respectively. It even managed to cast via AirPlay from the iPad app in 2011.

Facebook is not the only one that allows users to stream in TVs. Both YouTube and Periscope have already taken the same route.

For Periscope, they have a feature called Producer. Professional content broadcasts can be transmitted to Periscope and Twitter. Meanwhile, YouTube enables their users to create a queue of videos to watch one after the other. 

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