Facebook to Tap Regional Content for its Video Platform in India

By Techpads | Last Updated: December 1, 2017- 12:28 pm
Facebook to launch its video platform 'Watch'

Currently Watch can be seen via mobiles, desktops as well as the company’s TV app. The video platform consists of two video sections which are Discover and Watchlist.


Facebook is gearing up to introduce Watch, its video platform, in India. The company is expected to launch the platform sometime during January to March next year. Facebook had launched Watch in the US in August 2017. The social media giant will also be airing Shows for a group of creators soon.

This new platform is in keeping with the company’s plan to compete with streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube Red and Amazon Prime Videos. A report in The Ken says that the company is looking at sourcing regional language content for Watch in India. The report also mentions that Watch will enable creators to showcase content in a better way when compared to YouTube, which currently makes use of an algorithm in the recommendation tab.

 

Discover and Watchlist

Currently Watch can be seen via mobiles, desktops as well as the company’s TV app. The video platform consists of two video sections which are Discover and Watchlist. In Discover, videos have categories like News this week, Coming Soon, What’s Making People Laugh and What Friends Are Watching. On the other hand, Watchlist is a customized feed allowing you to access your saved videos as well as episodes of shows.

Besides this, Shows on Watch will include video platforms like Kitchen Little by Tastemade, which will show kids seeing a ‘how to do it’ video of some recipe and then instructing professional chefs while they make the same dish. There is another show called Returning the Favour, which is a talk series that will hosted by Mike Rowe. There will also be live events like Major League Baseball, Gabby Bernstein’s live shows and the Nas Daily show.

Facebook’s Workplace Chat has been launched with the screen sharing feature, which enables users to share whatever is there on their desktop, thus facilitating coordination between remote teams.