Facebook Watch is here to take on YouTube. Find out more details

Facebook is launching a new platform Watch, that will allow users of the social network to access shows and clips created specifically for the site

"The main goal is not something that will catch their eye as they are scrolling through their feed, but create things people will watch", said Quartz executive producer Solana Pyne.

Most of Facebook's ads were directed at users with some particular interests.

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

"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", Daniel Danker, Facebook's product director, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Facebook Watch is also said to be cross-compatible with all devices, meaning users can access content on desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and more.

Watch will be available on mobile on desktop and laptop, and via the firm's TV apps initially to to a limited group in the United States
Facebook Introduces New 'Watch' Video Platform

But with Watch only available to a limited number of people, analysts say questions remain about whether people will be tuning into these shows on Facebook.

The social media company is also more proactively encouraging creators to upload new videos to its servers, offering a 55% split on ad income in line with YouTube, and - also like the Google-owned video site - providing funding for some original content. American actor and former host of Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe will host a talk show on the platform; A&E is planning a reality game show for couples; and National Geographic will stream live safari guides. On the larger scale, these are great figures that can quickly outpace most competition; and when Watch gains more popularity. PAA accepts video submissions right here, and while it does not pay for content, it credits creators with their channel links on Facebook (16.5 million followers), YouTube (1.8 million subscribers), and Instagram (218,000 followers) - which often results in a flood of new followers in a matter of days. The new feature represents a significant upgrade on its more simplistic predecessor, Videos, presenting users with the ability to see what is trending, as well as what their friends are watching, according to a blog post from the company.

Shows are made up of episodes - live or recorded - and follow a theme or storyline.

Watchlist feature of the tab will help users to easily follow their favorite shows. "As a programmer, that's incredibly exciting especially when Facebook has said they are going to invest a lot of equity and energy into this".

YouTube has a 12-year head start in attracting creators and viewers, who are watching videos daily. One source said YouTube was a better home for its existing community, where Facebook's NewsFeed could help them connect with a new audience.

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