Instagram is shooting on Television and YouTube with a brand new property named IGTV, where videos can run up to a hour long. Instagram shown the video platform in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, in an event attended by internet celebrities such as gamer Tyler Blevins, also known as Ninja, and Lele Pons, that has 25 million followers. Creators take their followers from Instagram to their brand new IGTV channels. The magic part on IGTV is that many of those creators do not have to start from scratch,” says Kevin Systrom, Instagram Chief executive officer, in a press event following the release of the app.

For months, creators had early access to IGTV in order that whenever it started on Wednesday there already was a library of videos, Systrom states. The videos operate vertically, because that is the way many people keep their phones, the business says. Instagram decided to build a stand-alone property, because longer videos aren’t something that people usually want on the primary application, where videos are restricted to 60 seconds. When individuals navigate throughout the feed they don’t wish to stop and observe a 10 minute video, Systrom states. Instead they could seek the longer videos in IGTV, in which they could run up to a hour.

Systrom expects that eventually there’ll be no time at all constraints on videos in IGTV. For the time being, there are several constraints on what accounts may have privileges to record for one hour. Smaller accounts will only be given 10 second video limitations, but Instagram didn’t specify the precise standards for what qualifies an account for a longer video option. There are not any advertisements in IGTV, yet. Nevertheless, brands have the ability to create their very own channels just like every other person with an Instagram account. Instagram also declared that it now has a billion monthly active users, up from 800 million in September.

Instagram is following its parent firm into the longer type video space. Last year, Facebook launched Watch, a section of the social networking for broadcasts from professional media companies and individual creators. Those shows operate with commercial breaks and Facebook divides money with the creators. The Instagram Television application isn’t only for stars like Pons with 25 million followers, either. Karen Leung hopes to test it for an account that she runs dedicated to her 5 year old Shiba Inu named Nacho, that has 7, 000 followers. We’ve a very engaged neighborhood that tune in our stories, Leung says, referring to the vertical video format already on the main Instagram application. With Stories we are sharing so much of our life events, it’d be great to share that on IGTV.