Facebook, however, is planning on expanding the tool even more for live TV. Games, for example, will have the score displayed. The network is also testing additional options, like the option for hosts to ask trivia questions. Users could also see polls, casting their own predictions for the game.
Hosts in Groups that are part of the test will see an option called “on TV,” which will list current on-air options. Facebook says it is testing the tool initially with sports, but hopes to expand the live TV Watch Party to other events like award shows as well as TV series premieres.
Facebook announced the test during the South by Southwest, or SXSW, conference. The network also announced more than 20 new episodes for Red Table Talk, a series that recently made the record for the most-viewed Facebook Original within 24 hours, garnering 7.5 million views on the first day. The show joins Will Smith’s Bucket List, SKAM Austin season two, and MTV’s The Real World as the latest Facebook shows to see updates.
After several deals with record companies, Facebook also shared that users are able to include licensed music in their videos for free in more than 40 countries. The network recently added India and Thailand to the list of countries with record deals allowing users to share music on the network without infringing on the musicians’ rights.