As it all begun last year after the social media giant Facebook launched ‘Facebook Watch‘ YouTube competitor, its video service in the United States for it users to be able to stream their choice videos live. Facebook has decided to make ‘Facebook Watch’ available everywhere.
According to Facebook, the video platform ( Watch) will allow its users to watch curated content from various publishers as well as original shows. It will also feature show episodes that follow a theme or storyline.
“We launched Watch in the US a year ago to give people a place on Facebook to find shows and video creators they love and to start conversations with friends, other fans, and even creators themselves. Over the past year, we’ve made the experience more social — like making it easier to see which videos your friends have liked or shared, creating shows that have audience participation at their core, and opening Watch to videos from Pages. These updates have helped people discover and engage more deeply with videos they love — from Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, to beauty mogul Huda Kattan’s behind-the-scenes show Huda Boss, to live Major League Baseball games. Every month, more than 50 million people in the US come to watch videos for at least a minute in Watch — and total time spent watching videos in Watch has increased by 14X since the start of 2018.” said Fidji Simo, Head of Video Facebook.
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Facebook Watch will allow its users to subscribe, follow and get similar content on the video of their choice. There is also a ‘Watchlist’ for users to keep track of the new shows and view saved clips later from their News Feeds.
Remember that in June, Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) launched a similar service—Instagram TV. A one minute limit on videos was removed, as Instagram staff pushed for vloggers to create content that lasts around 10 minutes.
The social media giant believed to make content makers feature ad breaks and the revenue will be split — 55% to the creators and 45% to Facebook.
“Taking Watch global also means new opportunities for creators and publishers around the world. We’re expanding our Ad Breaks program so more partners can make money from their videos, and we’re offering new insights, tools and best practices for Pages in Creator Studio.”
Facebook Watch aims to rival with YouTube, which is the number one video streaming website and other video networks like cable TV, Netflix, Amazon Video, and Facebook’s own Instagram TV.
The social media giant Facebook, and particularly Instagram, are no strangers to being inspired by Snapchat features. After Snapchat chief executive Evan Spiegel knocked back an offer from Facebook to purchase the company, Instagram has adopted several key components of the app—none more notable than the “stories” feature, which lets users upload a series of photos in one day.
Facebook has said it will spend $2 billion to bring new content on Watch, but it is drop in the ocean compared to Netflix’s efforts. In fact, the company should consider spending some of it on marketing the service as most Americans haven’t even heard of Watch, let alone the rest of the world.
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How to get Facebook Watch on iOS, Android
Log on to your Facebook look for the Watch icon in your shortcuts bar or the “More” bookmark. You can also find Watch on Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One, and Oculus TV
How To Use Facebook Watch
To watch a show, click Watch in the left column and then follow one of these options:
- Click Discover to find shows to watch and follow.
- Click Latest Episodes to watch recent episodes of shows you follow.
- Click Saved Episodes to watch show episodes that you’ve saved.
How To Watch A Show From A Show Page
- Go to the show Page. You can usually tell that a Page is a show Page if Episodes can be found on the Page.
- Click Episodes in the column on the left. If you don’t see Episodes, then the Page may not be a show Page.
- Click an episode that you want to view. Episodes may be divided up by season, or you can scroll down to All Episodes.
How To Follow Shows
You should follow a show if you want to receive notifications when there are new episodes. To follow a show while you’re watching an episode, click Follow in the top right corner of the screen. Keep in mind that you can also follow a show from its show Page.
Is Facebook Watch Free ???
Yes Facebook Watch is free just like youtube
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