Over the next few days, Watch will be broadly available to people in the U. Watching video on Facebook has the incredible power to connect people, spark conversation, and foster community. On Facebook, videos are discovered through friends and bring communities together. Now we want to make it even easier to catch up with shows you love. Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop, and in our TV apps. Shows are made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline.
To help you keep up with the shows you follow, Watch has a Watchlist so you never miss out on the latest episodes. Watch is personalized to help you discover new shows, organized around what your friends and communities are watching. So when you watch a show, you can see comments and connect with friends and other viewers while watching, or participate in a dedicated Facebook Group for the show.
A Platform for Shows Watch is a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work. We think a wide variety of Facebook shows can be successful, particularly: Shows that engage fans and community. Nas Daily publishes a daily show where he makes videos together with his fans from around the world. Live shows that connect directly with fans. Gabby Bernstein, a New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, and life coach, uses a combination of recorded and live episodes to connect with her fans and answer questions in real time.
Shows that follow a narrative arc or have a consistent theme. Each episode features a new child, a new chef, and a new recipe.
Live events that bring communities together. Major League Baseball is broadcasting a game a week on Facebook, enabling people to watch live baseball while connecting with friends and fellow fans on the platform. We think Watch will be home to a wide range of shows, from reality to comedy to live sports. 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.
You can learn more about making shows on our Media blog.