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Facebook test lets you subscribe to Motor Trend, Tastemade videos

The social network says this will give people a new way to enjoy their favorite shows.


Facebook wants to offer you video subscriptions.

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Facebook wants to be more than a place to browse photos and posts from friends. It also wants to be where you head to watch and discuss your favorite shows and videos. The social network said Thursday it's launching a test that will let some people sign up for video subscriptions on Facebook. 

Facebook is partnering with just a few services to start, including BritBoxTV, CollegeHumor Dropout, MotorTrend On Demand and Tastemade Plus.

"We're testing video subscriptions on Facebook, starting with a limited set of partners," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "We'll be listening to feedback from our community." 

Facebook has reportedly been reaching out to NetflixDisney, Hulu and other media companies about adding their streaming services to a rumored TV chat device.

None of the major video streaming services is part of this new test. The social network launched its own hub for video and original shows, Facebook Watch, in 2017. 

Subscription prices for each of the services will be the same on Facebook as other platforms, according to Variety. Tastemade Plus costs $2.99 a month. CollegeHumor Dropout starts at $3.99 a month. MotorTrend On Demand is $4.99 a month. BritBoxTV costs $6.99 a month.

Facebook is testing subscriptions in the US and will roll them out in the coming weeks. 

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