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Facebook confirms Video app for Apple TV & Fire TV

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Facebook will soon be available on the Apple TV for the first time, the social network confirmed today. Facebook previously relied on promoting AirPlay from the iOS app as the best way to watch videos on the service using Apple TV. The new Facebook app on Apple TV will offer a standalone method for watching videos on the big screen. Facebook says its new video player will “roll out soon” on Apple TV as well as other platforms including Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV.

Facebook’s other video-focused news is auto-play sound on videos which is coming to everyone shortly. The feature sounds like it could be a pain, but Facebook does outline how to disable the new default when it rolls out:

If your phone is set to silent, videos will not play with sound. If you never want videos to play with sound, you can disable this feature by switching off “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound” in Settings. We’ll also be showing in-product messages to tell people about the new sound on experience and controls.

 

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