Facebook to launch first original TV shows in August

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Facebook will debut its first original TV shows in mid-August, according to a Bloomberg report, citing people familiar with the matter. The new TV service was originally expected to be released in June.

Facebook will initially launch short-form, inexpensive programs. Bloomberg said the social network has been asking its partners to turn in the first episodes of their spotlight shows.

According to the report, Facebook is also funding higher-end TV-style shows, which will be launched later on the site, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.

The new original TV shows are expected to be displayed outside the news feed, in a new section that will provide the company’s more than 2 billion users a mix of scripted and user-generated content. 

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