Multitaskers rejoice! You can now watch Facebook video on your big screen TV while catching up on other content in your newsfeed.
In an effort to keep up with the growing demand for video, the social media giant has announced that it now supports AirPlay mirroring on it’s iOS app, with Android technology on its way. This means Facebook is no longer relegated to your desktop or mobile device. It’s now a news source, a cooking show, and an interactive way to watch your niece’s ballet recital live.
Viewing Facebook video on your TV is super simple. Simply find the video you want to watch on your mobile app, tap the TV symbol and select the device you’d like the video to stream to. All you need is an AirPlay enabled device like Apple TV or Google Chromecast.
The best part: when you’re watching Facebook video on the big screen, the app doesn’t hold your phone hostage until the video is over (like some other video apps). AirPlay allows you to continue scrolling through your feed, giving you glorious freedom to find even more video to view and articles to read. Yes, this affords you the luxury of checking out your bestie’s brunch updates while you watch the big screen.
If you’re like me, you use Facebook’s save tool when you don’t have time to read articles or watch videos. With this new feature, it’s as easy as ever to catch up on the content you’ve been waiting to watch on a large television screen.
The feature also supports Facebook Live, with real-time reactions and comments on the big screen. Users can like, react and comment right from their mobile device while the video plays on the TV. Pretty cool.
Facebook says they are “focused on creating video experiences that people want, and we’ve heard that people want different options for how and where they watch videos that they discover on Facebook.”
So folks, grab your mobile device, find a big comfy couch, and have fun with this new way of watching video on Facebook.