Amazon Prime Video’s new Watch Party feature allows for digital movie nights

Carla Harmon
July 1, 2020

In case you merely need to determine what things to test out for the very first Watch Party, TV Guide includes a curated collection of the greatest shows and films to flow Prime in July, plus an entire collection of what fresh about Prime in July. (Titles streaming through rent or purchase are unavailable for watch parties.) From there, attendees can watch in tandem and message one another in the service's chat room.

A few caveats apply, like the fact that only desktop browsers are supported (but not Safari or Internet Explorer). Groups are limited to Prime members in the U.S. right now, so you won't be able to invite your overseas pen pal to the party.

Amazon Prime Video is rolling out its own social viewing experience in the US.

American subscribers will also be able to access Watch Party while they are overseas through the "Watch While Abroad" feature. 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. Again, this makes sense, but it's an important distinction to note. HBO, for instance, partnered with the browser extension maker Scener to supply a "digital theater" expertise for co-watching that helps as much as 20 folks.

A watch party's notion is new but has been picking up steam in recent months while we have been stuck inside, unable to see friends members and our loved ones. The host can play, pause, skip, and seek for the group. Amazon Prime Video is the latest among major streaming services to launch a co-viewing feature for virtual watch-parties, with demand from subscribers increasing since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Titles obtainable just for lease or buy will not be obtainable inside Watch Get together presently, Amazon says. Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu require subscriptions and are limited to desktop only. Recipients who click on the hyperlink will then be part of the session and have the ability to chat with others.

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