Facebook set to rival Netflix and Amazon Prime with brand new Watch streaming service | Tech | Life & Style

Facebook have announced the launch of Watch, a video streaming service set to rival Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The new video platform will have programming exclusively produced for Facebook users, and it will be available on mobile, desktop and apps.

It’s a continuation of the video push that launched last year, and Facebook Live is also part of their online video push.

Announcing the news in a blog post, Facebook said: “On Facebook, videos are discovered through friends and bring communities together. 

“As more and more people enjoy this experience, we’ve learned that people like the serendipity of discovering videos in News Feed, but they also want a dedicated place they can go to watch videos.”

Shows that are available on Facebook Watch will feature live or recorded episodes.

There will also be a Watchlist so fans of a particular show never miss an episode.

And there will also be specific sections, like “Most Talked About” and “What’s Making People Laugh”, to help users find content that interests them.

Facebook Watch will also be showing sports, with one Major League Baseball game being shown each week.

Facebook have are also funding content creators to produce shows for the Watch service.

Facebook added: “We think Watch will be home to a wide range of shows, from reality to comedy to live sports. 

“To help inspire creators and seed the ecosystem, we’ve also funded some shows that are examples of community-oriented and episodic video series. 

“For example, Returning the Favor is a series hosted by Mike Rowe where he finds people doing something extraordinary for their community, tells the world about it, and in turn does something extraordinary for them.”

While watching shows, Facebook users will also be able to comment on episodes and have a conversation with other users about what they’re seeing.

The Facebook Watch service was launched on Wednesday for a “limited group of people”, but it’s expected to be rolled out to more users…

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