It simply bought method simpler and extra handy to remotely watch Amazon Prime Video’s TV reveals and flicks along with your mates. The service’s “Watch Party” characteristic has acquired a a lot wanted enlargement from the restricted use circumstances the place it labored earlier than — on Hearth TV units, desktop internet browsers, and the Prime Video cell app — and it now helps non-Amazon streaming units, sensible TVs, and Xbox / PlayStation gaming consoles. TechCrunch first reported on the enlargement.
Watch Occasion permits for as much as 100 individuals with a Prime subscription to view content material on the identical time. The host is ready to play, pause, skip, and quick ahead or rewind for the group, and everybody can chat about what they’re watching.
For now, Amazon’s Watch Occasion characteristic stays out there solely within the US. “An error message is displayed if you are using a VPN,” Amazon notes in its FAQ. Everybody shares entry to content material that’s free to stream with a Prime subscription. However if you wish to watch a film that may solely be rented, everybody should accomplish that individually. Watch Occasion isn’t suitable with stay occasions (like Thursday Night Football), Amazon Prime Video Channels, or Freevee (previously often called IMDBtv).
Whereas many of those group viewing experiences popped up amid COVID-19 lockdowns, Amazon started testing Watch Occasion in 2019 by way of its Twitch service. Hulu affords a similar feature by the identical title, Disney Plus offers GroupWatch, and streaming TV apps like Sling TV have additionally joined in.