Facebook Watch is full powered to get you hooked
Facebook Watch is here and will have a bright future! That is what we can conclude from the commitment that Mark Zuckerberg’s company demonstrates.
But what is this new feature of the most used social network in the world? The Facebook Watch is a new tab where "you can discover shows your friends are watching and follow your favourite shows and creators so you do not miss any episodes. You'll be able to chat and connect with people during an episode, and join groups with people who like the same shows afterwards to build a community", explains Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
A new service where the user can see content produced exclusively by social network partners, who will earn 55% of the ad break revenue, while Facebook will keep 45 percent. You can also see dozens of original shows, as well as videos from other people or pages.
For now, the service is only available to a small group of users in the US, who can access content via their mobile, desktop and Facebook's TV apps. After this period of "testing," the Watch will be available throughout the United States, and later on, to the rest of the world.
Socialize while watching
With this new service, Facebook aims to increase the time spent by users on the social network and, at the same time, increase their revenue. This permanence (and dependency!) of the News Feed will be fed thanks to the original programming that will appear to each user.
In addition to the personalized recommendations for live broadcasts and recorded shows, this new service will feature "Most Talked About", "What's Making People Laugh" and "Shows Your Friends Are Watching".
Another relevant feature will be the Watchlist that will allow users to subscribe to updates on new episodes of their favourite shows. Users will also be able to talk to each other and the creators of the shows through another feature that links the shows to Groups.
Watch them all
Users lucky enough to have access to Facebook Watch will be able to see several mini-documentaries, reality shows and sports coverage, as well as a lot of content financed by Facebook itself (a small percentage, the company guarantees...).
Here is a list of programs already confirmed:
- Tastemade's Kitchen Little - This cooking show sees kids watch a how-to recipe video, then instruct a pro chef how to make the dish…
- Major League Baseball - The MLB will broadcast one game a week live on Facebook.
- Major League Baseball "12:25 Live" - A humorous look at baseball with help from the fans.
- Mike Rowe - Rowe finds people who've done great things for their community and gives them a special experience in return.
- Nas Daily - Vlogger Nas (not the rapper) makes videos with his biggest friends each day.
- Gabby Bernstein - Motivational speaker and author answers fans' life questions in live and recorded segments.
- A&E's "Bae or Bail:" - Reality TV game show where couples face their fears and see who runs.
- All Def Digital's "Inside the Office" - A look inside the office life at Russell Simmons' hip-hop media empire.
- Billboard's "How it Went Down" - A documentary series of musicians sharing crazy stories.
- David Lopez's "My Social Media Life" - A reality show about the social media star's life.
- Golden State Warriors' "Championship Rewind" - A behind-the-scenes look at the Bay Area's NBA championship 2016-2017 season.
- Univision Deportes' "Liga MX" - Live coverage of LigaMX soccer matches.
- National Geographic's "We're Wired that Way:" - Mini-documentaries about weird quirks of humanity like songs you can't get out of your head.
- Nat Geo WILD's "Safari Live" - Watch live safaris led by National Geographic's guides.
- NASA's "Science @ NASA" - Explore science topics in quick four to five-minute episodes.
- NBA's "WNBA All-Access" - A behind-the-scenes show with women's basketball stars.
- The Dodo's "Comeback Kids: Animal Edition" - features determined animals facing difficult conditions or challenges encountered by people who refuse to give up on them.
- Tommy Mac - A master woodworker gives live tutorials on how to make furniture.
A cross-platform new service to 2 billion users
Facebook Watch, as you can see, can really become a true competitor to YouTube and, perhaps, to other apps that stream video content. When you consider that this new service will be cross-platform, allowing people to view videos from all their devices, and that it can reach 2 billion users daily … you can expect a promising future for Facebook and a lot of suggestions from the social media platform to get you hooked on Facebook Watch.
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