Facebook Releases Video App for Apple TV

Facebook Releases Video App for Apple TV

Samsung Electronics announced that it has become the first TV manufacturer to make the new Facebook video app available on all its smart televisions launched after 2015.

That said, in the case of Samsung, you can normally use your phone's keypad to enter information and control things through the Samsung Smart View app - that doesn't appear to be an option with the Facebook video app. The final carousel doesn't depend on your preferences but rather shows the live videos from all Facebook which are now popular.

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Videos are split into six channels: Shared by Friends, Following, Recommended for You, Top Live Videos, Saved Videos and Recently Watched. This is really great news because instead of just having Facebook on your iOS or Android device, such as a tablet or smartphone, there is now a dedicated app for the videos that will be shown on your television through Apple TV.

Then Facebook flexes its algorithmic muscles with videos it thinks you'll like based on your various activities across the Facebook-connected ecosystem. It's a little like Twitter's TV app which lets you watch National Football League games and videos on their platform.

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But if you don't do not forget to save videos, the "Recently Watched" section is a good way to revisit everything you've viewed recently on Facebook. Also, there's live video. The recommendations form a backbone for the success of such video platforms - as we've already seen on YouTube. There is also a possibility of live sports streaming, just like Twitter had with some Thursday Night NFL games past year. Similar to other TV apps, you can log in from your mobile device.

While you're watching something in full screen, swipe up and you can see related videos.

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