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Facebook introduces new video service

Facebook introduces new video serviceā€

These shows will not be user-generated videos, but rather professional-grade productions. Its deal with Major League Baseball will see Facebook broadcast one live game per week in the US.

Of course, Facebook already has the video tab, but right now that tab is just a mess of everything: from homemade videos to videos produced by well-financed studios.

According to Facebook, "We're introducing Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook". The majority of the shows, though, will be posted on Facebook free of charge.

"What makes watching Facebook videos special is your friends". "The shows that we helped fund are really a small portion of that, and will be a shrinking portion over time". Facebook is also inviting a limited number of creators to become part of its initial lineup of original Shows.

Facebook has been rumoured to be launching a TV-like service for several months.

Facebook said the show pages would also provide a way for dedicated fans to interact with the shows' creators beyond merely watching the episodes.

The video tab has been available on Facebook for quite a time, but it displayed clips by amateurs or short videos by news agencies.

All you will have to do is click a "Watch" tab on Facebook to gain access from your social media feed. And sit through ads?

Watch replaces the Videos tab within the Facebook mobile app, which launched past year.

Participating publishers have been preparing for this moment for quite a while, so Facebook's video push has been a big story in the media world. Among the different sections will be ones for the "most talked about" videos and ones that "friends are watching".

This comes in direct competition with the function of YouTube as a platform, as well as internet streaming providers Netflix and Amazon.

Will Facebook offer better search and discovery?

Facebook's upcoming new feature will face competition from traditional TV networks, as well as online services such as Netflix and YouTube. If Facebook wants to eventually host thousands of shows, will people be able to find them?

These include A&E's Bae or Bail, which sees unsuspecting couples put their relationship and wits to the test as they're thrown into terrifying scenarios.

The Watchlist section allows you to subscribe to show updates, by clicking the "Follow" button on the relevant video. You discover videos through your friends. You have videos created to directly engage viewers, like those from Nas Daily or life coach Gabby Bernstein. They're filmed exclusively for a mobile phone, and exclusively for Snap's audience.



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