Facebook Watch On-Demand Video Platform Rolling Out Worldwide

Watch aims to compete with YouTube, cable TV channels and even online video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Facebook's own Instagram TV.

The service will immediately be available to all publishers and content creators, who can now publish content worldwide. That might seem a little stingy at first, but Facebook Watch potentially gives them access to an audience some 1.5 billion-strong. "We're expanding our Ad Breaks program so more partners can make money from their videos, and we're offering new insights, tools and best practices for Pages in Creator Studio", Simo said.

Facebook Watch, the social media platform's video service, has gone global. It is also a collection of recent videos from subscribed pages while users can save the videos from their News feed and watch later.

So far, the Watch platform has reached 50 million viewers per week in the USA, and the total time spent on the platform has increased by 14 times since the start of 2018, according to Fidji Simo, Facebook's head of video.

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Watch was accepted into the USA video on-demand community without much fanfare. When you click it, you'll see a carousel of videos from a number of publishers as well as a top videos for you category for videos Facebook thinks you should watch.

Pages within the designated countries that have 10,000 or more followers and have been able to generate 30,000 one-minute video views in total over the past two months will now be able to monetize their videos with the expanded release of Ad Breaks. "Over time you'll be able to find new video experiences in your Watch feed, like Watch Parties, Premieres and videos focused on audience participation", Fidji Simo, Head of Video, Facebook, said in a statement. Customize this section by following more Pages or removing Pages from your follow list within Watch.

Just 12 months after launching in the United States, the service enjoys 50 million monthly viewers and Facebook will be hoping to continue this success in other parts of the world.

A home for your saved videos: If you see a video in News Feed but don't have time to watch it right away, you can save it to watch later in Watch. And we'll make it easier to find live videos so you can discuss the big moments as they're happening.

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