Aug 10, 2017 01:45 PM EST

Facebook Throws Hat in Programming Area with Watch

Facebook Throws Hat in Programming Area with Watch
Facebook has announced a new feature for its mobile apps called Watch. The new feature will provide short form content from partners such as A&E, Hearst, MLB, Time Inc., and others.

The programming will also contain live content, including MLB's live broadcast of a baseball game every Friday night. Facebook CFO David Wehner said, "Video will continue to be a big focus and area of investment for us."

Watch will be available on a limited basis before being officially launched. 

While Facebook hasn't officially commented on its original programming lineup, a spokesperson did tell sources two of the titles that they are working on -  "Returning the Favor" starring Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs", which will features communities who are giving back, and "Ball in the Family," a reality series about the family of LaVar Ball.

The following are some of the shows that Facebook plans on unveiling as their lineup:

- A&E's "Bae or Bail," which Facebook describes this way: "Unsuspecting couples put their relationship and wits to the test as they're thrown into terrifying scenarios."

- All Def Digital's "Inside the Office," which is billed as a workplace about Russell Simmons' online venture.

- Brit & Co‘s "Tiny Houses," a show about - you guessed it - tiny houses.

- Cheddar is launching a live news show.

- Condé Nast Entertainment's "Virtually Dating," a show that has couples dating in virtual reality.

- David Lopez's "My Social Media Life," a reality TV show about the social media star.

- Golden State Warriors' "Championship Rewind," a look at the Warriors' 2016-17 championship season.

- Hearst Magazines Digital Media's "Wiki What," a show that has celebrities reviewing Wikipedia pages hosted by comedian Josh Gondelman (writer for HBO's "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver").

- Univision Deportes‘ "Liga MX," featuring live matches.

- McClatchy's "Titletown TX," a high school football show that Facebook bills as "a real-life version of ‘Friday Night Lights.'"

- Major League Baseball's "MLB Live," featuring a live blackout-free Major League Baseball game every Friday night.

- MLS and Univision Deportes' "MLS en Univision" features live MLS games on Facebook.

- National Geographic's "We're Wired that Way," a science show about the way humans tick.

- Nas Daily, a show from travel blogger Nuseir Yassin.

- NBA's "WNBA All-Access" aims to give a behind-the-scenes look at WNBA stars.

- Tastemade's "Kitchen Little," a kids' cooking show.

- Time, Inc.'s "Celeb Moms Get Real," a look at how stars who are parents.

- Thrillist's "Food/Groups," a show about local communities and their food.

- WSL's "WSL Surfing Sundays" aims to capture all the best waves and best surfing from World Surf League Championship Tour events.
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