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Facebook introduces Watch episodic video service | UPD : active in the US

07 September 2017 4

Update : September 7th, 2017

The new Watch of the original video content is now available to everyone in the US. The tab is rolling out after a limited availability a month ago.

It's available on Facebook’s native mobile apps, desktop site, and TV apps. U.S. users will now be able to see the TV icon in the mobile navigation bar and desktop site bookmarks.


Original Post (August 10th, 2017)

Social media giant Facebook is taking on the popular video streaming service YouTube with the launch of a new service that would let the Facebook users watch certain channels (named as Shows) that would include live and recorded shows in the form of episodes.

As the service is in testing and is viewable to limited Facebook users in the United States, you might not be seeing an independent tab of video in your mobile or desktop app, though once you have it, you’d be able to view content from limited pool of content creators that the service is currently open to.


Currently shows like Nas Daily that showcases 1-minute clips from happenings around the world, likewise content from motivational speaker Gabby Bernsetein’s eponymous series and Tastemade’s kitchen little whereby kids teach professional chefs to cook.


A watchlist is also implemented that brings together all the episodes that you set to view later. In addition, a discover tab showcases content based upon how people interact with the content like ‘Most Talked About’, ‘What’s Making People Laugh’ that shows content where people hit ‘HaHa’ reaction button, and also another interaction type ‘What Friends Are Watching’.

The social media giant recently introduced live video streaming for desktop and PCs in addition to it previously been available on mobile devices, giving an extra level of accessibility for desktop users. With a service like this, Facebook is taking on Netflix and Facebook. If you would like to create content for the platform, you can hit the source button below and register for the service if it happens to be available in your region.


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Facebook introduces Watch episodic video service in competition with YouTube
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PaulAnderson
PaulAnderson

I checked the apps and its still showing the same interface as of now. No mention of new tab for video. So, it's right to see that they are still testing it.

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