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Facebook may release TV streaming device this fall

2019-07-31 18:15 by
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Facebook may release a TV streaming device this fall, The Information reported Wednesday. The device will combine a camera for video chat with streaming apps from major media companies, according to the report.

The new device, code-named Catalina, will also come with a physical remote and streaming video services similar to other television boxes like Apple TV.

Facebook has talked to media companies including Netflix, Disney, Hulu, Amazon and HBO about including their apps on the device. The company has reportedly also begun to talk to retailers about carrying the device, and may launch it as early as October.

Reports of the TV-connected device first surfaced last year, but it was unclear what platforms it might support other than Facebook's own Watch service. While it's still unclear which of the new streaming services might ultimately be part of Portal, the addition of new TV functionality would make Portal more of a direct competitor to set-top boxes and streaming devices, like the Fire TV.

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