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May 8, 2024
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Apr 4, 2024

Facebook Introduces A New, Full-Screen Video Player 

With the launch of a new full-screen video player, Facebook is reshaping its platform and improving the viewing experience for users in North America. Whether it's a short-form reel, a long-form movie, or even live material, this new player will provide a more consistent and engaging user experience and will be released on Wednesday.

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In response to the rising demand for vertical videos on sites like TikTok or Instagram Reels, this updated video player prominently includes a vertical mode as its default. The transition reflects the new reality of video consumption, where watching on mobile devices is the standard. Facebook hopes to cater to smartphone users' demands for a more immersive and user-friendly experience by giving the vertical video format more priority.

Aside from a different layout, the new player has a lot of better features and functions. New features, such as a slider to move through longer content and a full-screen mode for horizontal videos, are coming to the user interface. To further enhance the viewing experience, the player also provides options to pause and skip forward or backward by 10 seconds.

The improved watching experience isn't the only thing that content creators and advertisers can expect from Facebook's new player. The player's ability to suggest the most appropriate video to watch next, regardless of its format, could have an impact on significant metrics like reach, views, and watch time. Because of this shift, both content producers and marketers now have more ways than ever before to connect with their target demographic and accomplish their goals.

Source: Meta 

In addition, Facebook hopes that the new video player will make it more competitive with YouTube and TikTok, among others. Facebook may enhance user engagement and duration on the site by expanding the pool of suggestions to incorporate more video types. The platform's revenue potential can be enhanced as a result of increased ad views and clicks.

A possible ban on TikTok is being discussed among U.S. politicians at the same time as the new video player is being released. As people seek out other forms of entertainment, Facebook stands to benefit from an uptick in video consumption if the ban were to take effect.

The improved video player has the potential to reestablish Facebook's relationship with its younger user base while simultaneously drawing in a larger audience. There is evidence that members of Gen Z are beginning to rediscover Facebook, despite the fact that its popularity has been on the decline in recent years. One factor that may pique the interest of younger users again is the platform's emphasis on video content. To sum up, Facebook has taken a leap ahead to improve the user experience and stay competitive with the launch of a new, vertical-first video player.

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