July 31, 2019 / 2:41 PM / 7 months ago

Facebook approaches Netflix, Disney to support TV chat device: The Information

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of the Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc has approached Netflix Inc, Walt Disney Co and other media companies about putting their streaming services on a new Facebook device for making video calls from televisions, The Information reported on Wednesday.

The social media giant has also approached Hulu, HBO and Amazon.com Inc, the report said.

The device, which Facebook aims to release this fall, will use the same video-calling technology that is in its video chatting device Portal, the report said, citing two people familiar with the project and documents.

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.   

The companies did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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