World Bulletin / News Desk
Facebook on Tuesday announced it was rolling out apps to allow people to view videos posted on the social network on connected televisions.
The move could be a small step toward what some reports say is a more ambitious video plan by Facebook to compete with Google-owned YouTube or even with streaming services such as Netflix.
For now, the apps will simply make it easier to view and share user-generated video.
"Last year we rolled out the ability for you to stream videos from Facebook to your TV, and today's announcement expands this capability," said a blog post from product manager Dana Sittler and engineering manager Alex Li.
"With the app, you can watch videos shared by friends or pages you follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on your interests."
Facebook said it expects the applications to roll our "soon" for users of Apple, Amazon and Samsung, with additional platforms likely to be added.
Facebook also said it was modifying video playback for users, with sound to play automatically unless users silence their devices.
Last year 1.5 billion smartphones were sold around the world, according to research firm Gartner.
Russia's space agency said the unmanned Progress freighter carrying 2.5 tonnes of supplies including air, food and fuel "successfully docked" with the orbiting station at 0830 GMT.
Company givng $11.5M in grants to groups studying disparities in justice system
Firm joined forces with tech giants Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm, and Samsung
NASA has made a major announcement in regard to search for life in the solar system
Demonstrations have been staged in Milan and Turin, where taxis blocked a main square for several days.
Dwarf planet in asteroid belt harbors ‘key ingredients for life’, researchers believe
Mark Zuckerberg writes an "essay" on Facebook, which offers a detailed, idealistic vision of the role of the world's biggest social network
Scientists who were at the launch in the southern spaceport of Sriharikota burst into applause as the head of India's Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced all the satellites had been ejected.
The new apps -- for Apple TV, Amazon's Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV -- will provide a more convenient way for users of the social network to view videos on a large screen.
Ford said the investment would help it to realize a previously announced plan to introduce an autonomous vehicle for ride-hailing or ride-sharing service in 2021.
Assoc. Prof. Onay achieves to make DNA profiling in 34 minutes
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub promises 47 California scientists as much as $1.5 million each
In documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Snap said it took in $404 million in revenue last year but lost $515 million.
'There's a growing fear the U.S. is no longer a place that welcomes immigrants,' CEO Travis Kalanick says