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10th Aug 2017

Facebook is launching a long awaited streaming service

A redesigned tab for video programming

Facebook is now going to make it easier for users to catch up on their favourite shows.

Starting today, a selected group of people in the U.S will get to experience the platforms brand new service Watch.

The improved video tab will be a hub for original content, personalised to each user to help them find new shows around what their friends and communities are watching. The main aim will involve bringing a social aspect to video like never before allowing users to connect and discuss with each other during and after each show.

Facebook is also going to make it easier for you to keep track of your watching habits, by organising a watchlist and dividing suggest content into four categories, these include “most talked about,” “whats making people laugh” and “what friends are watching.”

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement that “Watch will be home to a wide range of shows, from reality to comedy to live sports. Some will be made by professional creators, and others from regular people in our community.”

ATTN also announced today, the first of two new shows which are going to appear on the streaming service. One programme will focus on health featuring American actress Jessica Alba, while another programme will be based on relationships and dating.

Other rumoured programmes include a new educational cooking show and one in which a rapper makes videos with his fans.

Only select users will be able to broadcast videos on the service once it launches here however eventually the company states it hopes to be open to any creator as a space to distribute new video.

The company will be challenging the likes of Youtube and Netflix in the digital streaming market with the hope of creating an edge over their competitors.