Facebook to invest $1billion in original TV content

San Francisco: Facebook is ready to shell out a whopping $1 billion to become a major hub for videos, a media report said on Saturday.
The social media giant is willing to spend as much as $1 billion to cultivate original shows for its platform, according to people familiar with the matter. The figure, which could fluctuate based on the success of Facebook’s’ programming, covers potential spending through 2018, The Wall Street Journal report said.
The figure is less than what the company’s digital rivals such as Netflix invested. Netflix spent $6 billion in 2017 and Amazon shelled out $4.5 billion.
Earlier this month, Facebook rolled out “Watch” service — a redesigned video platform for creators and publishers — for every US citizen who uses the social media platform. Facebook is offering a range of different options for discovering video content, including programmes and sections like “Today’s Spotlight”, “New This Week”, “Popular Now”, “What Friends Are Watching”, “Most Talked About”, “Suggested For You”, and a special “10 Minutes Or More” spot for long-form videos. — IANS