Facebook has launched a new video platform to a limited number of American users as it moves toward producing its own premium video content. Called Watch, the tab is personalized to help users discover new shows, including what friends and communities are watching. Live comments will also be visible while watching a show. Watch features original programming financed by Facebook, alongside videos from other creators. A deal with Major League Baseball will also see one live game broadcast each week.
BuzzFeed and Twitter are launching a new weekday morning show Sept. 25. AM to DM will livestream 8 – 9 a.m. ET from the @BuzzFeedNews Twitter account. The program will be hosted by Saeed Jones, BuzzFeed News’ executive editor of culture and Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald. Fox Business Network and CNN veteran Cindy Vanegas-Gesuale produces. Following a traditional morning-show format, AM to DM will see the day’s top stories covered by staff reporters, with news and commentary on politics, business and entertainment. Features unique to the medium will include segments like “everyday Twitter heroes,” jokes and live comments from the twittersphere. Twitter is also developing a 24-hour news channel with Bloomberg Media, set to debut this fall.