Since lockdown began, co-viewing parties have already been all the rage, although separate apps and plug-ins allowing for such shared streaming experiences have already been largely inconsistent. While unofficial parties have made Netflix viewing parties a regular occasion, official watch party options from Twitch and Hulu haven’t gained much traction. But Movies Anywhere, the digital movie library app operated by Disney, is attempting to unify the shared streaming experience with its newly unmasked Watch Together app.
Movies Anywhere Watch Together
Movies Anywhere has unveiled a new co-viewing feature, Watch Together, that will allow as much as nine viewers (with profile ratings set to PG-13 or higher) to join a shared room and chat via text in real-time as they watch a film. Participants may also connect with one another by reacting to this content they’re viewing in real-time with emojis. The Watch Together feature is available on mobile, web, and smart TV apps.
The Movies Anywhere app is free, but all Watch Together viewers must either purchase the movie or get a Screen Pass for that title. Screen Pass continues to be in open beta and allows users to share select movies they’ve purchased with friends and family for a limited time.
Here’s how Watch Together will continue to work: to start a viewing, the consumer must seek out the title they would like to watch in Movies Anywhere. From the details page, select the Watch Together button and the “I want to host” button. The user will then get a 6-character room code and a URL to share with guests.
Watch Together holds a couple of advantages over other official watch party options. Hulu only allows viewers to participate watch parties from the web app, and all participants should be subscribed to the ad-free tier. Twitch requires its watch party viewers to subscribe to Amazon Prime. Watch Together is available on mobile, web, and several smart TVs, in accordance with Engadget. Like most nutrients, it doesn’t come free, per se, but if coupled with Screen Pass, only one person has to purchase the movie. However, it’s unfortunate that everyone in the party has to own the movie in their digital libraries to be able to share the ability on Watch Together.
Movies Anywhere’s Watch Together function seems to be the best official watch party thus far, as Netflix still hasn’t released an official feature for shared viewing considering that the features disappeared from Xbox 360.
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