Facebook launches app for watching its videos on TV

If you're freaking out about Facebook starting to autoplay videos with sound by default, at least it won't pause or play on top of music you're already listening to through apps like Spotify.

Aside from the imminent arrival of Facebook's new TV app, the company also announced a few changes related to how videos will behave on the site.

While keen to occupy itself a seat in the race for video, Facebook's TV app is meant to complement watching videos on the site, not to ruffle Netflix's feathers, as it were, according to Dan Rose, Facebook's VP of partnerships.

This proved to be a more engaging experience, with video sharing and live streaming becoming commonly used features, nowadays.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg during a post-earnings call said this month that the company expected a major ramp-up in hiring and other spending during 2017 as it invests in video and other priorities.

"You can drag the video to any corner of the screen, and if you're using an Android device, you can keep the video playing even when you exit the Facebook app to do something else on your phone", the social media giant said.

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At the same time, the company also wants Facebook users to watch video not only on mobile and desktop, but also on TV.

"After testing sound on News Feed and hearing positive feedback, we're slowly bringing it to more people". Facebook will display banners in the app providing guidance on how to disable the behaviour.

The blogpost also said users can scroll through their news feed and simultaneously watch videos on their timeline. As well as the option to completely disable auto-playing sound, Facebook will also intelligently mute News Feed videos if it detects your phone is on silent. The PIP window will keep playing as you scroll.

In its new update, vertical Facebook videos will look better with a larger preview in News Feed on mobile devices. Facebook has taken that demand and made the format a rising priority for the company, which will be integrated for consumer features and advertisements.

As part of new features for videos on their app, the volume will automatically come on. As ever, it may be a little while before the update lands on every device.

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