Facebook is reportedly working on a new feature known as Instant Video that will download and caches videos on social media platform so that users can view them later.
According to a report by Techcrunch, the videos will be downloaded when the users will use Wi-Fi network and one will see a lightning bolt icons on pre-loaded videos. The Instant Video feature is similar to the Instant Articles, as it aims to load content faster and basically creates a cache or download the videos on the device so that users will not waste mobile data on videos.
This is line with its recently launched new video platform known as Watch. The video service will be available to a limited group of people in the US and the company plans to bring the experience to more people soon. Further, the social media giant will be opening up Shows to a limited group of creators and plan to roll out to all soon.
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Watch will be available on mobile, desktop and on Facebook’s TV app and it will have different video sections like like “Most Talked About,” which highlights shows that spark conversation, “What’s Making People Laugh,” which includes shows where many people have used the “Haha” reaction, and “What Friends Are Watching,” which helps you connect with friends about shows they too are following.
Coming to the Shows that will be showcased on the video platforms are Kitchen Little by Tastemade, which is a funny show about kids who watch a how-to video of a recipe, then instruct professional chefs on how to make it. Each episode features a new child, a new chef, and a new recipe. Then there is Returning the Favour, a series hosted by Mike Rowe where he finds people doing something extraordinary for their community, tell the world about it, and in turn, does something extraordinary for them. Apart from this, there will live events such Major League Baseball, live shows of Gabby Bernstein and a daily show like Nas Daily.