Remember when you used to go over to a friend's place and watch your favorite show's newest episode together? I know...it's been awhile. Several streaming services are trying to counteract this particular social hinderance by introducing features so people can stream shows and movies with their friends. Amazon's Watch Party was the first to do it officially, allowing Prime members in the US to stream with up to 100 members who have the invite link. Hulu tested such a feature in May and Netflix recently released a Chrome extension titled Netflix Party. Now, Disney+ joins the party wit it's GroupWatch feature that will allow up to seven people (who all must have their own accounts). No doubt this is being done in foresight to the high viewership ratings that the second season of The Mandalorian is expected to bring in when it premieres on October 30th. Jerrell B Jimerson, SVP Product Management for Disney+. had this to say on the new feature:
"Storytelling comes alive when you’re able to share and enjoy it with others, and in this moment when many are still apart from their friends and family, GroupWatch offers a way to safely connect virtually by co-viewing your favorite Disney+ stories with your favorite people from the comfort of your living room."
One user can start the GroupWatch by clicking the icon under a title and sending a link to six other members. No chat feature is available yet, but viewers can react with different emojis through the app. Stay tuned!