Facebook is reputed to have approached media companies including Netflix and Disney ahead of the launch of a new TV chat device.
A report published by The Information on Wednesday indicated the device would use the same video calling technology found in its Facebook Portal devices.
It’s already known that Facebook is working on new form factors that would be released in the autumn.
Code-named Catalina, the launch could provide a threat both to the Apple TV box and the new Apple TV+ service, also slated to debut in the next few months.
Launched a year ago Facebook Portal was released internationally earlier this year. It includes the ability to make video calls through Facebook and What’sApp and has Amazon Alexa built in.
It has AI Intelligence that allows it to follow a subject around the room.
All the parties mentioned in The Information’s article have declined to comment, though HBO did say it was not involved in any discussions.