Face­book steps up video am­bi­tions

Cape Breton Post - - Business -

NEW YORK - Face­book is launch­ing a new sec­tion ded­i­cated to live and recorded video.

It’s a po­ten­tial threat to Twit­ter, YouTube, Netflix and other ser­vices for watch­ing video.

Peo­ple al­ready watch a lot of videos on Face­book, but mostly when they scroll down their main news feed. Al­though there has al­ready been a spe­cial video sec­tion, it mainly showed a ran­dom con­coc­tion of “sug­gested” videos.

Face­book’s new Watch sec­tion builds on this. The idea is to let peo­ple find videos and se­ries they like, keep up with them as new episodes air, and in­ter­act with other fans in the process.

It is avail­able to some U.S. users Thurs­day, and more peo­ple will get it over time.

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