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Facebook is actively developing around two dozen television shows with plans to premiere some of them in mid-June, according to a report on Saturday.

The social media company has big-budget marquee shows geared towards a TV audience in the works, alongside a tier of less expensive shows that will span about 5 to 10 minutes, according to sources who spoke to Business Insider.

The news comes amid an apparent frenzy of similar plans by companies like Amazon, Snap, and Apple, as the digital rivals compete for a piece of the emerging online video programming market.

According to the report, Facebook aims to play a more hands-on role in controlling the content that its nearly 2 billion members see on the social network. To this end, the company considers high-quality, scripted video as an important feature that will help it retain users, particularly a younger demographic that spends an increasing amount of time on the rival Snapchat network.

Facebook also hopes to attract big sponsors typically associated with traditional TV networks, but a question hovers over whether users will consider video that autoplays in Facebook's news feed as a destination for viewing longer-form content.

The report goes on to explain that a virtual reality dating show from Condé Nast is among the content that Facebook has in the pipeline. "A-list celebrities" are said to be in talks to appear in other shows, with one major star already having agreed to a deal.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has referred in the past to his desire to lure users to the social network with "episodic content". The latest information on the company's plans comes just a day after YouTube revealed it would be developing free-to-view original content supported by ads.

Article Link: Facebook to Debut Original TV Programs as Early as Next Month
 

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As if people around the world don't have anything better to do than watch meaningless online videos with the obligatory advertisement before it all the time ... wait, oh. o_O
 
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Define "A-list".

I would rather they work to their social component. Make a news show where I can interact with the journalist in a meaningful way. Not as a tv show in the conventional sense. I'm old, I know, but I'm not watching broadcast tv or snap shows. I'm in the middle. I go to Facebook to engage, not be passive.

I don't have a lot of time for TV, but when I do I binge. So, on second thought maybe a 50 minute season is a good idea.
 
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Great, the last thing we need - another content provider.

Let me just through it on the pile of ten thousand other companies and apps that have exclusive content.
 
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Does anybody remember when Facebook was actually worthwhile? As I recall, it just let you post messages and pictures to friends and family, as it was wonderful at doing that. Now it is a bloated, slow, ad-ridden mess. Facebook should be cutting features, not adding them.

True, Instagram is now the "personal" network, Facebook is a cold advertising network. Everyone is still there but it's not personal.
 
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True, Instagram is now the "personal" network, Facebook is a cold advertising network. Everyone is still there but it's not personal.
Everyone is still there because it's harder to get out of then a rental contract, lol. I deleted my account a few years back and it literally took them 2 weeks to shut it down after I told them I wanted out.
 
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Does anybody remember when Facebook was actually worthwhile? As I recall, it just let you post messages and pictures to friends and family, as it was wonderful at doing that. Now it is a bloated, slow, ad-ridden mess. Facebook should be cutting features, not adding them.
It wasn't worthwhile back when it got popular. People used it for posting crap on their walls and playing "addict" games like FarmVille. But then they added/improved the groups and events. Nobody I know actually uses it for social stuff other than messaging. I rarely see a post on someone's wall- I mean timeline anymore. It's just how you make an event or a club page or a forum-like group nowadays, and it's incredibly useful for that.
 
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Ug. The fact that FB is now reportedly entering the original content race is just gross. Not a knock at FB here. They might do it quite well. Kind of like AXS tv.....another bottom basement channel, but on occasion some really cool content that no one else had. But they will eventually gain ground.

Another channel that will show some really cool programming approximately 3 hours a day, and in the wee hours of the morning we will be treated to infomercials that show us how the typical American can't use a sharp knife properly.

Turn up the flames folks.....its cool. I know I kinda have it coming lol.
 
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