Facebook’s Watch now available to US users

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Credit: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/08/introducing-watch-a-new-platform-for-shows-on-facebook/

Facebook recently launched Watch, its new online video platform a couple of weeks ago, and the service is gradually gathering pace. On Thursday, the social media behemoth rolled out the video service to its US users. According to Reuters, people will be allowed to submit shows as Facebook plans to go all out to compete with YouTube in order to boost its revenue through ads.

When all is done and dusted, Facebook plans to open Watch to everyone so they can submit shows for approval and share 55 percent of ad revenue, the company’s vice president of partnership Dan Rose disclosed in an interview, per Reuters.

Facebook started rolling out shows and programs on Watch on mobile, desktop and Facebook’s TV apps to a small set of people in the US a day after it was announced.

Watch has been personalized to help everyone discover the latest shows. Pioneering sections include “Most Talked About,” which highlights shows that spark conversation, “What’s Making People Laugh,” which includes shows where many people have used the “Haha” reaction, and “What Friends Are Watching,” which helps you connect with friends about shows they too are following.

At launch, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said Watch can be a chance for people to share and discuss about various issues arising from watching programs on the platform:

“We believe it’s possible to rethink a lot of experiences through the lens of building community — including watching video. Watching a show doesn’t have to be passive. It can be a chance to share an experience and bring people together who care about the same things.

if it’s all about getting people to share their experience and engage in conversation, then Watch might just be what Facebook needs–after all, it’s going to be linked with the News Feed.

“That’s why today we’re launching the Watch tab in Facebook — a place where you can discover shows your friends are watching and follow your favorite shows and creators so you don’t miss any episodes. You’ll be able to chat and connect with people during an episode, and join groups with people who like the same shows afterwards to build community.”

Among shows that can be watched on Watch include:

  • Daily episodes of Nas Daily where viewers will be able to watch videos made by Nas.
  • Gabby Bernstein, a New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, and life coach, uses a combination of recorded and live episodes to connect with her fans and answer questions in real time.
  • Tastemade’s Kitchen Little, a funny show about kids who watch a how-to video of a recipe, then instruct professional chefs on how to make it. Each episode features a new child, a new chef, and a new recipe.
  • Major League Baseball—Facebook will broadcast a game a week, enabling people to watch live baseball while connecting with friends and fellow fans on the platform.
  • The Dodo’s “Comeback Kids: Animal Edition” that will feature determined animals facing difficult conditions or challenges meet people who refuse to give up on them.
  • National Geographic’s “We’re Wired that Way:” – Mini-documentaries about weird quirks of humanity like songs you can’t get out of your head.
  • Golden State Warriors’ “Championship Rewind”– A behind-the-scenes look at the Bay Area’s NBA championship 2016-2017 season.
  • National Geographic’s “We’re Wired that Way:” – Mini-documentaries about weird quirks of humanity like songs you can’t get out of your head.

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Author: Ola Ric

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