Facebook unveils TV streaming devices
Facebook Inc has unveiled new models of its Portal video chatting
devices, making the company's first foray into TV streaming hardware but
offering a limited selection of subscription services.Portal TV has a few music
apps and limited options for TV programming
The launch comes as Facebook is trying to pivot toward more private forms of communication, after years of slowing user growth, data-sharing scandals and calls for change to its hands-off approach to content moderation.
The company is already one of the biggest global players in private messaging, with its WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram apps used by 2.4 billion people each month.
It is keeping the focus of its new Portal line on video calling, adding the capability for WhatsApp calls along with improvements to a wide-angle camera that keeps users in focus as they move about a room.
Facebook is also expanding Portal sales into
countries including the UK, France and Australia, while lowering prices to more
closely compete with industry-leading smart speakers from Amazon and Google