Facebook starts new video service called 'Watch'

11 August, 2017, 15:26 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Facebook launches original video content in redesigned Watch tab

We're introducing Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook.

"Watch is comprised of shows, a new type of video on Facebook", said Nick Grudin, Facebook's vice president of media partnerships, in a blog post.

The company, based in Menlo Park, California, faces a crowded market with not only traditional television networks but newer producers such as Netflix Inc and Alphabet Inc's YouTube as well as Twitter Inc and Snap Inc.

To help users keep a tap on the shows they follow, there's also a Watchlist so users don't miss out any episodes.

Known as Watch, it goes beyond standard web clips by featuring original programming like sports, documentaries, reality shows, tutorials and more.

The world's largest social network added a video tab a year ago, and it has been dropping hints for months that it wanted to become a source of original and well-produced videos, rather than just shows made by users.

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The Watch tab puts a lot of sections around videos, where you'll find categories like "Most Talked About", "What's Making People Laugh", and "What Friends Are Watching". So when you watch a show, you can see comments and connect with friends and other viewers while watching, or participate in a dedicated Facebook Group for the show.

Some of the shows that will be initially available on Facebook Watch are Tastemade's Kitchen Little, Nas Daily, Gabby Bernstein, Nat Geo WILD's Safari Live, The Dodo's Comeback Kids, Tommy Mac and more.

Watch is a great platform to increase theinterest of all users and creators to find an audience, build communication, and earn money for their business. The Watchlist makes it easy for fans to catch every day's new episode.

Live events that bring communities together. Facebook is already broadcasting some Major League Baseball games and that would continue, the company said.

"To help inspire creators and seed the ecosystem, we've also funded some shows that are examples of community-oriented and episodic video series", Facebook said. Candidates are nominated by Mike's fans on Facebook.

Initially, Watch will be available to a limited group of Facebook users in the United States and more widely to US users in the coming weeks, Facebook, said. Similarly, it's opening up Shows to a limited group of creators at first.

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