Facebook To Launch New Watch Video Platform

Facebook takes on YouTube with the debut of 'Watch'

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Over time, creators will be able to monetise their shows through "ad breaks", according to Facebook.

"Shows are made up of episodes â€" live or recorded â€" and follow a theme or storyline.

There are sections like "Most Talked About", which will house shows that spark conversation, "What's Making People Laugh", which - as the name suggests - will be amusing shows judged and placed in the section on the basis of the number of "Haha" reaction they garner.

Facebook now will introduce Watch to a limited group of people in the USA and plan to bring the experience to more people soon.

Facebook's announced a brand new Watch platform for people to check out original content on its apps and website.

Facebook's 2017 mission is to focus on inclusivity by "giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together".

The "Watch" tab shows will start rolling out to a small group of U.S. users tomorrow on mobile, desktop and Facebook's TV apps.

Sources told Reuters at the time that Facebook was planning two types of videos: long scripted shows with episodes lasting 20 to 30 minutes, and short scripted and unscripted shows with episodes lasting about 5 to 10 minutes. (As on YouTube, creators will reportedly take home a 55% cut of any ad earnings, with Facebook pocketing the rest).

Facebook pays NPR and other leading news organizations to produce live video streams that run on the site.

"Watching a show doesn't have to be passive", Zuckerberg said.

The social Apps are getting much better with each passing day by inventing new useful features for its users.

Like Facebook Live, Watch will show other people's reactions, comments and connect with friends and others while watching a show in a dedicated Facebook Group. There will also be sections including "Most Talked About" and "What Friends Are Watching".

The service will also include a weekly Major League Baseball game.

Watch is a redesign of the site's current video tab, altered in a way meant to entice people to watch for longer stretches and return regularly to view shows, including the first programs funded by the company. If Facebook plans to introduce the new "Watch" tab in India, it is likely to show some local content as well.

The aim of the platform is for creators and publishers to amass audiences and ultimately monetize their work.

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