The Latest in Co-Watching

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March 18, 2021

The pandemic brought many group watch, co-viewing, watch party, whatever-you-want-to-call-them apps. Streaming services got in on the trend, launching official platforms, while third-party companies created web browser extensions.

We’ve rounded up the apps. See how they stack up…

Streaming Services

Disney+ GroupWatch

Available Titles: Entire Disney+ library

How to Watch: Web, mobile, and the only co-watching feature from a streaming service that works on connected TV devices and smart TVs

Features: 

  • No chat feature, but users can send emoji reactions from the mobile app and web
  • All users can pause, play, rewind, or fast forward for the whole group

Max Users: 7

Hulu Watch Party

Available Titles: Select movies and shows

How to Watch: Hulu.com, using Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge

Features: 

  • Text chat 
  • Users can control their own playback, rewinding or fast forwarding, without disrupting the rest of the group’s experience
  • Users can select the “Click to Catch Up” button to resync with the group

Max Users: 8

Amazon Prime Video Watch Party

Available Titles: Rented, purchased, and included with Prime 

How to Watch: Desktop browsers, except Safari

Features: 

  • Text chat 
  • Host can play, pause, skip, and seek for the group

Max Users: 100

Movies Anywhere Watch Together

Available Titles: Any purchased film in your Movies Anywhere collection and Screen Pass-eligible movies

How to Watch: Movies Anywhere website or app, including smart TV apps and supported devices

Features: 

  • Emoji reactions
  • Host starts the movie and controls playback for everyone in the room

Max Users: 10

WEB BROWSER EXTENSIONS

Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party)

Available Streaming Services: Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Max

How to Watch: Chrome and Edge extension

Features: Text chat

Max Users: Depends on server load at the time, but hosting up to 50 users in the same room is feasible

Scener

Available Streaming Services: Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, YouTube, Hulu premium accounts, and more

How to Watch: Chrome extension

Features: Text, audio, and video chat

Max Users: 

  • In addition to private rooms, users can also join a public theater to watch content (with a subscription)
  • In a room, up to 10 users can watch together with video, audio, and text chat
  • In a theater, an unlimited number of users can join as text chat-only participants, while up to 10 co-hosts can be on video

TwoSeven

Available Streaming Services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV, HBO Max, YouTube, and more

How to Watch: Chrome and Firefox extension

Features: 

  • Text, audio, and video chat
  • Option to enable all users or just room admins to have control over video playback

Max Users: 400 users have successfully been tested in a single room. But, if using video and audio, success heavily relies on the network, browser, and machine capabilities. The limit can be as low as 2-3 participants per room.

NEWS

Other co-watching updates…

  • Squad was purchased by Twitter for their feature Co-Watching — allowing users to view Instagram posts with their friends over video chat
  • Facebook Watch Party is being discontinued in April
  • Browser extension Metastream is currently in beta