Earlier this week, Facebook announced its intention of releasing a new platform on its site. Named Watch, this is set to serve as a new platform for introducing shows to the social media giant Facebook.
In its announcement, the company explained that Facebook Watch would include a new type of video on its platform. These shows will be made out of live or recorded episodes that follow an already set storyline or theme, basically, what most expect from a show or series.
Still, Facebook points out that shows are a “great format” for those looking to record or watch a daily vlog, or a cooking show, as just one example.
Facebook Watch to act as a Launch Pad
According to Facebook, “Our goal is for Watch to be a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work.”
Initially, Facebook Watch will have a limited release and will only be available in the United States. A limited group of users will get to test it and utilize it on their Facebook mobile, desktop, and TV apps.
However, in the upcoming weeks, the new platform should reportedly become generally available to all residents of the U.S.
The initially testing party for Watch will consist of creators and publishers, who will be making their shows. Also, the company announced that it would be looking to fund some of these first shows “to help seed the ecosystem”. These first creations will also be a good basis for gathering feedback and for “inspiring others”.
To help further promote and advance Watch, Facebook will also be introducing Show Pages. These should make it easier to show and then publish new series episodes.
Show Pages should also make it easier for a viewer to understand what the series is about, watch its episodes, connect to the community created around it, and also watch other related videos.
Facebook also released a link where users interested in creating their own show can register and show their interest.
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