Amazon Prime Video launches watch party feature amid social distancing

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Amazon is allowing Amazon Prime Video subscribers to watch TV shows and movies with friends via a new Watch Party feature, which is now slowly rolling out and initially launching in the US.

The concept of a virtual watch party is relatively new, but has been picking up steam in recent months while we've all been stuck indoors, unable to see our family and friends in person. After a party has started, users will be on the mercy of the mighty overlord "Host", who can choose to do whatever he/she wants with the stream.

The catalog of watch party compatible videos includes thousands of titles in the Prime Video SVOD (subscription video on demand) catalog. Groups are limited to Prime members in the United States right now, so you won't be able to invite your overseas pen pal to the party. Watch Party will also have a chat feature in a column to the right of the video, for participants' running commentary.

A few caveats apply, like the fact that only desktop browsers are supported (but not Safari or Internet Explorer). It may not be a big deal to many Prime members, but it may be a bummer for those used to watching on a more cinematic display. You won't be able to say, rent a TV show or movie, then share that content with 100 of your closest friends. Its streaming platform, Twitch, offered watch alongs but now this feature us much more easily accessible to Prime users. The entire series of Cheers is on Hulu, by the way. Still, everybody in the Watch Party should maintain the united states and have a Prime Video subscription or an Amazon Prime membership.

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Plex's feature, however, is still in beta, and it does not feature integrated chat like the previously mentioned services.

Hulu is also now testing a similar feature on Hulu.com for its Hulu (No Ads) subscribers.

The host of the co-watching session will have the ability to begin, cease and pause the Watch Get together as wanted all through the session, and people modifications will even be synced to all members' units immediately.

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