It is an interesting time we live in… no doubt. Aside from the environmental precariousness, the political ridiculousness, and the societal unfairness of the world we live in, we are about to witness an entertainment revolution. For long, entertainment was dominated by TV and film but as the internet has fully integrated itself into our daily lives we are beginning to understand how are viewing habits are shaping the video entertainment landscape.
We have Netflix, YouTube, VICE, Hulu, Twitch, Amazon and still, off in the background somewhere, normal TV, but soon we are about to see if the social media juggernaut Facebook can survive in the streaming video content game as well.
That’s right Facebook is going to be releasing 24 shows over the course of the next few months which will offer a mixture of longer high production value content similar to shows found on HBO and shorter low-end content that is found on YouTube. It is rumored that one will be a VR (virtual reality) dating show where people will meet first in VR before meeting in real life. Also, look forward to seeing some celebrities in the mix as Facebook looks to leverage is two billion users (or roughly a quarter of the fucking planet) to gain some market share from YouTube and Netflix.
Personally, I think Facebook might be a bit too late to compete but then again providing free and hopefully interesting content to its two billions users will certainly generate enough ad revenue to make this worth Facebook’s while. Keep your eyes open for it in mid-June.
What do you think is going to happen? Is Facebook going to rival Netflix and YouTube or is it too little too late? Let us know by liking and commenting.