Videos on Facebook have an incredible power to connect people, spark conversation, and foster community. On Facebook, videos are discovered through friends and bring communities together. But till now there was not a dedicated place to watch them. Last year, Facebook launched the Video tab in the US, which offered a predictable place to find videos on Facebook.
With Watch, Facebook wants to make it easier to you to catch up with shows you love. Shows are made up of episodes -- live or recorded and follow a theme or storyline. Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop, and in our TV apps.
To further help you keep up with the shows you follow, Watch comes with a Watchlist. Watch is personalised and organised around what your friends and communities are watching. For example, users find sections like “Most Talked About,” which highlights shows that spark conversation, “What’s Making People Laugh,” which includes shows where many people have used the “Haha” reaction, and “What Friends Are Watching,” which helps you connect with friends about shows they too are following.
And as comments and reactions to a video are often as much a part of the experience as the video itself, so when you watch a show, you can see comments and connect with friends and other viewers while watching, or even participate in a dedicated Facebook Group for the show.
Facebook will be introducing Watch to a limited group of people in the US and plans to bring the experience to more people soon. Similarly, Shows will be first opened to a limited group of creators.
Facebook also defines Watch as a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work.
Here’s a list of some of the original shows that will be available on Watch:
Nas Daily, Vlogger Nas which publishes a daily show where he makes videos together with his fans from around the world.
Gabby Bernstein, a New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, and life coach, that uses a combination of recorded and live episodes to connect with her fans and answer questions in real time.
Tastemade’s Kitchen Little is a funny show about kids who watch a how-to video of a recipe, then instruct professional chefs on how to make it. Each episode features a new child, a new chef, and a new recipe. Unsurprisingly, the food doesn’t always turn out as expected.
Major League Baseball which is broadcasting a game a week on Facebook, enabling people to watch live baseball while connecting with friends and fellow fans on the platform.