Facebook(, Tech30) said Tuesday it plans to launch apps for Apple ( , Tech30) TV, Amazon ( , Tech30) Fire TV and Samsung ( ) Smart TV. They will bring videos shared on the social network into the living room.
The video app is expected to roll out "soon" to these three TV platforms, with others to come later, according to the company.
The launch could position Facebook to grab a share of lucrative TV advertising budgets at a time when the company is hitting a ceiling for the number of online ads it can put it in front of users.
Facebook has invested in live video, made it easier to search for videos and has begun dipping its toes into the market for original content.
"I see video as a megatrend on the same order as mobile," Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO and cofounder, said on an earnings call this month. "That's why we're going to keep putting video first across our family of apps and making it easier for people to capture and share video in new ways."