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IT/Telecom - February 1, 2017

Facebook to develop app for TV set-top boxes

There are strong indications that world’s biggest online social network, Facebook Inc is creating an app for television set-top boxes, including Apple Inc’s Apple TV.

Quoting the Wall Street Journal, Reuters reported that Facebook is also in discussions with media companies to license long-form, TV-quality programming.

Though, Facebook declined to comment, an app for set-top boxes would bring Facebook closer to live video and video advertisements.

Getting advertisers to buy more video ads is key to Facebook’s continued revenue growth as such ads fetch higher rates from advertisers than text or photo-based ads.

Live video is also becoming a highly competitive feature on social platforms, with companies competing to stream major sports events and exclusive video components from high-profile events such as the Oscar and Grammy awards shows.

In April, Facebook expanded its live video product, Facebook Live – a potential threat to broadcast television, giving it prominent placement on its app and rolling out features to make it easier for users to search and comment in real time. (Reuters)

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