English commentary for Liga MX matches has arrived! On Monday, Univision announced that, starting with this Saturday’s Clasico Nacional between Chivas and Cub America, they will be broadcasting live Liga MX matches in English via Facebook Live.
This is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, and the hope is that this leads to a more established English-language platform tailored towards fans in the United States. Obviously, we would all like to turn on the television and just watch Liga MX games in English, but for reasons we won't talk about (it's complicated!), Facebook Live is all we have.
For starters, Facebook Live is quite new. The video streaming service itself wasn't opened to the public until January of last year, and if you try to find a Facebook Live-specific app on Google Play/iOS App Store, you won't find one. Considering a growing number of people are watching sports online, the potential is definitely there, but let's be real, there is nothing easier than just grabbing the remote and simply turning on the television.
The good news is a video app is coming in the next few weeks. Twitter, for example, already has experience with this and has apps available for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One focusing on watching live-streaming video on your television.
Not to be deterred, though, there is still two ways you can watch Facebook Live on your television as Facebook’s developers and engineers put the finishing touches on their new video app.
1. Use an HDMI Cable
This one is a no-brainer. If you own a video game system, you more likely than not already own an HDMI cable. Granted you have an HDTV and a newer laptop, it is just a matter of connecting both devices together and switching your input on your TV to HDMI. You then visit Facebook Live on gameday and voila. Pretty straightforward.
2. Stream via AirPlay to your Apple TV or Chromecast
If you own an Apple TV or Google Chromecast, you are in luck. The process is simple. You find the video you want to watch on your phone, desktop, or tablet and press the TV symbol in the top right corner. You then select the device you want the video to stream to and you are ready to enjoy the video right on your TV. Mark Zuckerberg and his buddies even made a video explaining the process.
A New Way to Watch Videos from Facebook on Your TVPosted by Facebook Media on Wednesday, October 12, 2016