On Wednesday, Instagram announced the launch of a brand new app called IGTV, which will feature fullscreen, hour-long videos from whoever the eff you choose to follow.
Omg am i the only person that wasn’t aware of igtv coming? LOL I’m so confused i don’t really know what it is but EVERYONE is already all over it i feel out of the loop haha what’s going on— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) June 21, 2018
There are four different categories for viewing content: For You, Following, Popular, & Continue Watching.
There are a couple of ways to access IGTV:
1. Once you update Instagram via the App Store, there should be a little television icon in the upper right hand corner, next to the DM button.
2. You can just straight up download IGTV via the App Store.
"When you follow a creator on Instagram, their IGTV channel will show up for you to watch. Anyone can be a creator — you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel," Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom said via a press release.
[It should be noted, though, that only those creators with at least 10,000 followers will be able to post hour-long videos. Those with less than 10,000 followers will be able to share content that is up to 10 minutes long.]
Are you excited for IGTV?
I wonder if Youtube is worried about IGTV...— OXTAIL GAWD (@ThatDudeMCFLY) June 21, 2018
Am I the only one who thinks IGTV is stupid? And the UI looks horrible— Sandeep Sarma (@sandeep9sarma) June 21, 2018
Uh wtf is IGTV? I’m sorry instagram i don’t recall asking for this update? I just want my damn chronological timeline?— 🎀 Princess (@heynaadhirah) June 21, 2018
Idk about you guys but I'm super down for IGTV— Monica Church (@Hairodynamic) June 21, 2018
From our CEO @kevin: “Today, we have two big announcements to share. First, Instagram is now a global community of one billion! Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown. This is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you! Second, we’re announcing our most exciting feature to date: IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators, like LaurDIY (@laurdiy) posting her newest project or King Bach (@kingbach) sharing his latest comedy skit. While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start. IGTV is different in a few ways. First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical. Also, unlike on Instagram, videos aren’t limited to one minute. Instead, each video can be up to an hour long. We made it simple, too. Just like turning on the TV, IGTV starts playing as soon as you open the app. You don’t have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram and others you might like based on your interests. You can swipe up to discover more — switch between “For You,” “Following,” “Popular” and “Continue Watching.” You can also like, comment and send videos to friends in Direct. Also like TV, IGTV has channels. But, in IGTV, the creators are the channels. When you follow a creator on Instagram, their IGTV channel will show up for you to watch. Anyone can be a creator — you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel. Instagram has always been a place to connect with the people who inspire, educate and entertain you every day. With your help, IGTV begins a new chapter of video on Instagram. We hope it brings you closer to the people and things you love. IGTV will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on iOS and Android.