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Facebook introduces new ways to watch Facebook video

MUMBAI: Facebook has shared several updates that make watching video on Facebook richer, more engaging and more flexible.

Facebook Video App for TV: Facebook said that it has heard that people want more options for how and where they watch Facebook videos. It has therefore announced a new Facebook video app for TV, which will roll out soon to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV, with more platforms to come.

The video app for TV is a new way to enjoy Facebook videos on a bigger screen. Last year it rolled out the ability for users to stream videos from Facebook to your TV, and today’s announcement expands this capability. With the app, users can watch videos shared by friends or Pages that one follows, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on your interests. Users can also catch up on videos you’ve saved to watch later, as well as revisit videos watched, shared or uploaded. Facebook is looking to see how people use the app to enjoy Facebook videos in a new way.

Bringing Sound to Videos in News Feed: Videos in News Feed have previously played silently — you tap on a video to hear sound. As people watch more video on phones, they’ve come to expect sound when the volume on their device is turned on. After testing sound in News Feed and hearing positive feedback, Facebook is slowly bringing it to more people. With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life.

If the users phone is set to silent, videos will not play with sound. If you never want videos to play with sound, the users 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.

Vertical Video: Facebook has also made changes to make vertical videos look better on mobile devices. Last year it began testing a larger preview of vertical videos in News Feed on mobile. People responded positively, so that larger format is now available to everyone watching videos on iOS and Android.

Watch and Scroll: Gfacebook also said that it knows that sometimes users want to watch a video and also want to keep scrolling through one’s News Feed. It’s now possible to minimise the video you’re watching to a picture-in-picture view that keeps playing in the corner of your screen while you browse other stories in News Feed. Users can drag the video to any corner of the screen, and if you’re using an Android device, users can keep the video playing even when they exit the Facebook app to do something else on the phone.