* Facebook unveils a new TV-like video platform called “Watch” .
* Users will be able to see shows, live sports matches and other progams
* Watch will initially be available to users in the US only, but will be rolled-out to users globally later.
Facebook has today announced the introduction of its new hub for online videos called “Watch”. Watch is aimed at providing a platform for Facebook users to enjoy wide range of exclusive shows and mini-series made up of episodes, live sports matches and other programming.
The social media giant confirmed that the new platform will be available to users via mobile, desktop as well as via the Facebook TV app. The company said Watch will be very personalised to help users discover new shows based on what their friends are watching. Different sections will also be populated based on people’s reactions. For example: a “Most Talked About” section will be populated with videos that have sparked the most conversations through comments. Likewise, a “What’s Making People Laugh” section will contain videos that have drawn the most “Haha” reactions.
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg in his own post on the social network said: “Watching a show doesn’t have to be passive. It can be a chance to share an experience and bring people together who care about the same thing.
“That is why today we’re launching the Watch tab on Facebook – a place where you can discover shows your friends are watching and follow your favourite shows and creators so you don’t 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 community.”
Watch will initially be available in the US but will later be extended to all users around the world. It will however be interesting to see how YouTube and Netflix respond with a few moves and added features of their own. One natural advantage Facebook Watch already has over its two major rivals is its social media feel – so it will easily connect you with others who are seeing the same shows as you.