Facebook Unveils New Video Platform To Rival YouTube

The video creators and publishers interested in making use of the Facebook Watch platform can show their range of videos such as reality, live and comedy for the users. Facebook is already broadcasting some Major League Baseball games and that would continue, the company said.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, speaks during the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco, March 25, 2015.

Facebook has announced a new platform for watching shows.

He said some of the content would be made by "professional creators" and others by "regular people in our community".

However, it will not be long before Facebook also makes an entry into VOD series shows as it has been dropping hints for months that it wanted to become a source of original and well-produced videos, rather than just shows made by users.

Episodes of Watch shows can be either live or recorded. "Now we want to make it even easier to catch up with shows you love", he remarks. Furthermore, there would be specialized sections like " What's Making People Laugh" featuring videos which more "Haha" reactions, "What Friends Are Watching", and a "Most Talked About" section for trading stuff.

There are sections like "Most Talked About", which will house shows that spark conversation, "What's Making People Laugh", which - as the name suggests - will be amusing shows judged and placed in the section on the basis of the number of "Haha" reaction they garner. Theses videos will be organized as to what your friends and communities are watching.

Facebook created Watch as they want people to have a dedicated place where they can go to watch videos. A Watchlist feature lets you subscribe to updates on new episodes of your favorite shows.

These shows include "Gabby Bernstein", a bestselling author and a motivational speaker; "Nas Daily", a channel that creates videos with its fans; and "Kitchen Little", a cooking show where chefs follow directions from children. These shows are to be with the feature on launch and are supposed to act like a springboard until more and more creators add content to the Watch feature.

Live events that bring communities together. The company is also funding some shows to help seed the ecosystem, gather feedback and inspire others.

Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" fame will host a show that highlights "people doing something extraordinary for their communities".

  • Kyle Peterson