acebook’s in-house answer to both YouTube and traditional television is now available worldwide. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network announced Wednesday that its Facebook Watch platform has expanded outside the shores of the U.S. and can now be viewed around the world.
The Facebook Watch video hub features original content from a large variety of outlets and creators. It launched in the U.S. about a year ago and carries everything from original news programming — as part of Facebook’s fight against “fake news” — to original series. An example of original content is the upcoming web series “Sorry For Your Loss,” starring Elizabeth Olsen and Kelly Marie Tran. Facebook has even dabbled in sports broadcasting. Major League Baseball agreed to air 25 regular season games on Facebook Watch exclusively this season. However, plenty of baseball fans took umbrage with the deal. The games could not be seen on TV in any capacity, meaning people who wanted a TV-quality broadcast or simply do not use Facebook were out of luck. Facebook Watch Expands To Rest Of World this is an important post in that regard.
Facebook has also tried to make Watch a social feature befitting the website it calls home. Groups of users can watch videos together and chat underneath them, though they can only watch videos hosted on Watch. Users who want to stream Netflix or YouTube content together need to look elsewhere. see more