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Facebook reveals TV app

Facebook is preparing to launch an app allowing users to watch videos from its site on a TV.

The social media behemoth has been ramping up its TV efforts over recent months, with plans for the new app emerging earlier this year along with its ambitions for more original content.

Facebook said the app, which will be available for streaming devices such as Apple TV and on Samsung smart televisions, would be launched soon.

The US social media giant is already talking to producers about developing original programming for its service and reports have suggested it is also looking to license longer-form TV shows, including scripted content and sports and entertainment programming.

The company has already made moves to become an eSports destination to appeal to millennials and younger users, recently linking with Blizzard to stream Heroes of the Dorm 2017 via Facebook Live.

It has also worked with US Hispanic network Telemundo on a live show on Facebook, based on its tech strand El Pulso.

Other social media services have already made their moves into video, with Twitter’s live shows and the Discover portal on Snapchat. The latter, however, shuttered its originals channels in 2015 after a short foray in the space.


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