Facebook takes on YouTube and TV with revamped Watch hub

Facebook takes on YouTube and TV with revamped Watch hub”

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

Facebook has announced the launch of its new video platform known as Watch.

The company already has a Video tab in the app, only for the users in USA and now the it has introduced a redesigned video tab to change the way we watch videos on social network. The app will be initially available on app stores on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV and will be rolled out to other platforms gradually. Also, Major League Baseball games and Liga MX games will also be available on Watch. Per Facebook's blog post, Watch will help users find videos from outside their news feed and will be available on mobile, TV apps and desktops/laptop.

Daniel Danker, Director of Product said, "We think Watch will be home to a wide range of shows, from reality to comedy to live sports".

Watch will available to select users initially in USA and will be rolled out to all (only in US) in coming few weeks. "To help inspire creators and seed the ecosystem, we've also funded some shows that are examples of community-oriented and episodic video series".

Facebook will also have Show page which will help users to create a Facebook show and publish new episodes. As a mark of evolution, Watch now makes it even easier to catch up with shows you do not want to miss - be it live or recorded.

Facebook has now introduced Watch to a limited group of people, and also to limited creators to upload their shows before it is rolled out globally.

Coming to the Shows that will be showcased on the video platforms are Kitchen Little by Tastemade, which is a amusing show about kids who watch a how-to video of a recipe, then instruct professional chefs on how to make it.

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

The feature will only be available to USA audience at first.

The videos on Watch will be made available in the form of episodes, though they aren't TV shows. According to the video shared by Facebook, when the user taps on the video tab, they will be taken to page with videos and different categories. Under Discover, videos will be categorized into sections like What Friends Are Watching, News This Week, Most Talked About, Coming Soon and so on.

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