New Facebook Photos and Video Channel

When we launched the Roku Channel Store in 2009, Facebook Photos was one of the first Roku channels offered. Today, we’re excited to announce an overhaul to the Facebook experience for the 73 percent of Roku owners who are active Facebook users:  Facebook Photos & Videos.

We’ve worked with Facebook to significantly improve the experience of finding and viewing photos from Facebook, and as the channel name suggests, we’ve also added video support. Now you can view photos and videos from your profile, your News Feed and your friends’ profiles.

With nearly six billion photos uploaded monthly, Facebook is by far the largest photo-sharing site in the world. Earlier this year, Facebook increased the size of the photos stored by 8 times—from 720 pixels to 2048 pixels on the longest edge. This mean all those Facebook photos now look awesome in full-screen on your Roku player!

Facebook Photos & Videos can play most videos uploaded directly to Facebook or linked to from YouTube. Since Facebook supports video uploads up to 720p (1280 x 720) in resolution and most recent smartphone and point-and-shoot cameras film in 720p or higher, many Facebook videos will be a delight to watch on your Roku player.

Some of the noteworthy features of Facebook Photos & Videos include:

  • Support for multiple users. A first for a Roku channel. Add up to five Facebook users and switch quickly between them in the channel settings.
  • Organization of friends list in a grid. Makes it easy to find a friend.
  • Ability to view photo captions and user comments.
  • Ability to “Like” a photo. Press DOWN or OPTIONS (*) on your remote from a photo slideshow to surface the Like button.
  • Ability to set your News Feed photos as your Roku screensaver.

If you already have the original Facebook Photos channel installed, Facebook Photos & Video will be pushed to you as an update automatically. (Note: To manually update Roku channels, simply launch and exit the Roku Channel Store.) Otherwise, you can find the new channel in the “Photos & Video” category of the Roku Channel Store.

If you have comments on how to further improve the Facebook experience on Roku, write the product team at feedback@roku.com. We’re listening.

About Tom Markworth

Director of Product Management, Roku
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670434474 Scott Carle

    “LIKE”

  • Busko

    Wow, now thats impressive Good stuff guys/gals

  • Jack

    This is really nice. Would love to see Google+ integration soon. On that note, when is YouTube getting restored?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6OBQGLRURU2PTQF3DIKLF6Y5P4 Jon From Seattle

    I STILL can’t add Facebook photos to my Roku. I got to roku.com/facebook and get “an error message, try again later” Every time.

    • Jonathan

      same here.

    • Tom

      Jon,

      First make sure you have the right channel. The updated channel is called “Facebook Photos & Videos.” If you don’t see it, launch and exit the Channel Store to force an update sync. Once you have it, launch the channel to get a linking code. You link at http://facebook.roku.com/ NOT the URL listed above.

      • Bernd

        All I get is a Page with the Message that the “Page can not be displayed” URL does not exist check spelling

        • Tom M.

          Hi Bernd,

          I want to make sure you are going to facebook.roku.com and NOT http://www.facebook.roku.com. The later URL (with the “www”) is not live, although it makes sense to create a re-direct.

          If you are still having issues, ping me at feedback@roku.com so we can try to figure out what is going on.

          • Bernd

            I see a page which displays a box for the Activation Code Entry and an indication of being in Step one of Activation Process, I type the code which comes from starting up Facebook at my Roku, then comes error Http 500 (The website cannot display the page)

          • texcalif

            I’m having the same problem.

          • Saj

            Hi Tom,

            I was trying to connect facebook with roku. In the TV screen, I am getting a 6 character code. In the facebook.roku.com page, it takes only 5 characters. And obviously does not recognize the code. Do you know what is going on?

            Thanks for your help!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1450833121 Tiffanie Beaumont

        Roku gives a 6 digit code but the link above only accepts 5 digits. I have been trying all day to get this working and am seriously getting frustrated. Please help!

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    Neat-o!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Waddell/1496059906 Justin Waddell

    this is nice, but instead of facebook could we start simple and get some subtitles for netflix? My Wii has subtitles fergawdssake.

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    that channel SUXX

  • Dstuart

    mine stopped working, I can view friends photo’s and video but not my own, work when I first installed it but not anymore WTF?

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  • noor

    Hello, The Facebook channel is having some issue on Roku and Roku 2 but i like to use it. The problem i see from this is that it should look like a Facebook.com and Facebook mobile application. 1. the log in should be interested 2. the photos need to be 720p and 1080p graphics like flicker,photo bucket 3. Facebook iPhone and website got upgrade so their should be something cool. 5.the video discount on us and full screen will lovely also. 6. Control Facebook application from iPhone or iPad. i love the new update but their still few things need to be add it on the Facebook. it will be great to make the Facebook control during watching a movie or something telling us if their a new video upload. thanks

  • Bespeck

    Why don’t you have YouTube on your list of channels? I have a Sony DVD player, also puchased from Amazon and it has YouTube on it. Which is great for how to quilting and craft videos.

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  • Gramhottie

    My family and I enjoy watching family videos streamed to our TV through Facebook. My question is: How can I restrict the viewing of these videos to family members only? Facebook does not offer a family only option that i can see.

  • Lorenzo Valerio

    where is youtube channel?

  • Jillianzoe1

    It would be nice to have a full functioning facebook on roku..The ability to view newws feeds and make comments.