Facebook’s version of Television is Reportedly coming this August
Facebook users are about to experience a new feature in the near future. The social network is launching a Watch tab that will reportedly feature original TV content and will be designed as a platform for shows.
According to Facebook, Watch is a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work. Watch will be available on mobile, as well as on desktop and laptop. Shows are made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline. To help viewers up with the shows they follow, Watch has a Watchlist so you will never have to miss new episodes.
In essence, Watch is personalized to help you discover new shows. It will be organized around what your friends and communities are watching. For example, you’ll find sections like “Most Talked About,” which highlights shows that spark conversation or “What’s Making People Laugh,” which includes shows where many people have used the Haha reaction. It will also have a “What Friends Are Watching” section to help users connect with friends about shows they too are following.
Watch will offer viewers a mix of scripted and user-generated content. Facebook aims to make something higher-end than Google’s YouTube. However, it’s not meant to compete with content creators like Netflix or HBO. At least not yet.
Facebook will introduce Watch to a limited group of people in the US this month and plan to bring the experience to more users soon. Similarly, the social network will be opening up Shows to a limited group of creators and plans to roll out to everyone soon.