Facebook launches app for watching its videos on TV

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He also mentioned that although there are some potential pitfalls the current users are "pretty conscious", mentioning that when the company first started the auto-play feature "it was very new to people", but now users have a good grasp of how to handle it. That is promised soon in app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV.

If you're freaking out about Facebook starting to autoplay videos with sound by default, at least it won't pause or play on top of music you're already listening to through apps like Spotify.

Facebook has been paying celebrities and media publishers like BuzzFeed, the New York Times and Vox Media to use its live video product for the past year.

If you prefer your videos to default to playing in silence, head to Settings, then switch off "Videos in News Feed Start With Sound". Facebook will display banners in the app providing guidance on how to disable the behaviour. Phones set to silent will not play with sound.

Facebook launched a dedicated video tab back in December and it's also thinking about buying original video content, which would further boost the popularity of its video tab. But in its latest update, users can now scroll through News Feed and watch a video by minimizing that to a picture-in-picture view that would keep the video playing in any corner of the screen. They said this week's announcement expands on their offerings for videos. Facebook has a history of paying content creators in order to jumpstart new formats. At least now you don't have to deal with it if you don't want to.

More importantly, videos will now continue playing in a thumbnail at the bottom of the screen - like it does on YouTube's mobile app - so users can keep scrolling through their newsfeed. The update is available to all watching videos on iOS and Android.

Android users get that same picture-in-picture window outside of the Facebook app as well, letting you watch Facebook videos no matter what you're doing. Apparently in recognition that people still want control, Facebook will allow you to disable automatic sound playback, returning the News Feed to its silent past. For more information please visit Tech Times.

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