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Following months of speculation, Facebook has officially introduced "Watch," its much-anticipated push into TV-like content. "Shows are made up of episodes - live or recorded - that follow a consistent theme or storyline", said Facebook vice-president of media partnerships, Nick Grudin. People will be able to follow the shows they like, and when there's a new episode of a show, Facebook will inform the show's followers and the episode will automatically appear in their Watchlist in Watch. We're starting to roll out the Watch tab to a limited number of people in the USA, and the plan is to bring it to more people soon.

It's a potential threat to Twitter, YouTube, Netflix and other services for watching video, including old-fashioned TV.

The social network will bekeen to see whether users will take to long-form video on a social network known as a source for short-form content.

As it slowly transforms from a social network into a media company, Facebook Watch is the company's latest step into the latter.

The tab will become a home for all original video content that is produced by the official video partners of Facebook. Categories for finding content include sections such as "Most Talked About" for shows that have gone viral on Facebook.

Here's everything we know so far about how Facebook Watch will work.




US users were provided with a Videos tab just over a year ago, and this seems to be the natural next step in Facebook's video plans.

The service will also include a weekly Major League Baseball game.

This new feature will be rolling out for a small group of people in the U.S. tomorrow while the rest of the world will have to patiently wait.

Consequently, its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has used his own Facebook page to unveil "Watch". "What's making people laugh" section, for example, will contain videos that have many "ha ha" reactions and so on.

"Watch is comprised of shows, a new type of video on Facebook. So when you watch a show, you can see comments and connect with friends and other viewers while watching", wrote Danker.

Among the shows Facebook is paying for are "Returning the Favor", a show about inspiring people starring Mike Rowe, who was the host of "Dirty Jobs".

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