TikTok quickly grows its presence on smart TVs

TikTok, the short-form video-based social media network, is rapidly expanding its distribution on smart TVs and connected TV devices in the U.S. and Canada.

Earlier this month, the service launched an app on the Amazon Fire TV platform in North America.

“TikTok is a household staple in our home and I’m thrilled the whole family can now enjoy their favorite TikTok videos together on the best screen in the house with TikTok on Fire TV,” said Daniel Rausch, vice president at Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services, in a statement. “We love to pull up TikTok hands-free on our Fire TV Omni Series by just asking, ‘Alexa, play TikTok.’ We can’t wait to hear how our customers are enjoying the latest dance craze or viral trends with their families.”

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Now, TikTok is adding Google TV and other Android TV OS devices, LG smart TVs and Samsung smart TVs to its list of distribution partners.

“We’re taking TikTok to the big screen in the living room, offering a new way to experience the joy and creativity of TikTok together at home. With our mobile app, we bring people little bursts of joy, and the big screen experience allows families and friends to easily enjoy TikTok together,” the company said in a news release.

TikTok said its TV app is “built for a TV home-viewing experience” by making it simpler for users to watch content from the 'For You' and 'Following' feeds including the most liked and viewed videos. Users can login to the TikTok TV app with their existing accounts and access a 'Discover' page for recommendations.

TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, announced earlier this year that it has reached more than one billion monthly active users.