Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Facebook introduces a new platform, watch tab of original video

Facebook introduces a new platform, watch tab of original video

Just past year, the social media giant launched a dedicated video platform.

In an apparent bid to take on Google-owned YouTube, Facebook has rolled out "Watch" - a redesigned video platform for creators and publishers. It was the second most-watched video on the web for the month of July, according to video intelligence firm Tubular Labs, and is the 28th most-viewed video of 2017.

Social media giant Facebook has introduced a new "Watch" tab for original videos produced exclusively by partners. If you like any show, you can just follow the show, and latest episodes will then appear in your Watchlist.

"Watch is personalized to help you discover new shows, organized around what your friends and communities are watching".

Facebook Watch is also said to be cross-compatible with all devices, meaning users can access content on desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and more. On the platform, they can find an audience, build communities, and monetise their work.

Watch will available to select users initially in United States and will be rolled out to all (only in US) in coming few weeks. They will also be able to comment in real time, and a tab will show what their friends are watching.

Show Pages should also make it easier for a viewer to understand what the series is about, watch its episodes, connect to the community created around it, and also watch other related videos.

The shows available include "Nas Daily", "Gabby Bernstein" and "Kitchen Little".

Business Insider reports that Watch is scheduled to roll out August 28 but only to a small number of people at first.

San Francisco: Facebook Inc. on Wednesday made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professional women's basketball to a safari show and a parenting program. And given that Facebook is closing in on almost two billion monthly users, it could provide publishers with a massive viewing audience. Watch is basically the redesigned Video tab which is already available to US users.

Daniel Danker, a product director for video at Facebook, said the most successful shows will be the ones that get people interacting with each other.

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