Social networking company Facebook Inc will launch its original video offering ‘Watch’ in India sometime “early next year”, according to multiple industry persons aware of the development. The timeline, they say, could be “anywhere between January and March of 2018.”
Watch, which launched in the United States in August, is considered to be Facebook’s YouTube competitor, with a focus on long-format, premium and professionally produced video content, or what it calls “shows”. These shows, as per sources, are timed anywhere between eight and 20 minutes. In an e-mailed response to The Ken, a Facebook spokesperson said: “We recently launched Watch in the US, and we’re gathering feedback.