Facebook is making itself more television friendly as it moves to take advertising revenue from the likes of YouTube, Netflix, Hula and traditional TV channels.
The social media website is about to launch an app for smart TVs which means users will be able to play videos on the bigger screen in their homes. It did not give a date for when the app will be released saying only that it would be “soon”.
The new app will enable people to to watch videos shared by friends or those published by Facebook.
Earlier this month founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said that the company expected a major ramp-up in hiring and other spending during 2017 as it invests in video and other priorities.
The release of the Smart TV app for Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV follows the expansion of its live video service which is a potential threat to broadcast television.
Facebook Live has been streaming music videos, political rallies during the US election, and even some sporting events.