Facebook is getting serious about video. The social media giant is making changes to it’s services to make a bigger push into video.
Facebook formally revealed its plans to launch a dedicated Facebook Video app for TV sets, meaning the company’s 1.86 billion users can soon stream its videos through set-top boxes and sticks such as Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
In addition, the company announced that, on the social network, video will automatically play with sound on if a person’s device is not in silent mode. Though people can disable sound in settings, the default change, rolling out slowly to all, amounts to a fundamental shift in the way Facebook presents video.
Also new is the ability to minimize videos while browsing. That means users can get the equivalent of a picture-in-picture experience, watching videos while simultaneously scrolling through friends’ updates on Facebook.