You can now watch BBC shows with friends

Brenda Watkins
May 21, 2020

The move seems inspired by the rise in popularity of unofficial services like Netflix Party, which help people to synchronise their viewing.

This tool could come in handy for people who like to watch and listen to programmes with family and friends but may be social distancing from them. This will include iPlayer, BBC Sounds, Bitesize, BBC Sport and BBC News - unsure why you'd want to watch the news together, but it sure is nice to know that you can. Currently, each link can be viewed by up to 50 participants, and the host user can pause, rewind and fast forward the content, or choose a new program for everyone to see at once.

R&D's Dr Libby Miller said being separate "doesn't mean we can't enjoy great programmes with our friends".

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Once a programme has been chosen, the host is given a link to share with the small group of friends, family or others that they'd like to join the session. The Netflix Party Chrome extension brought the feature to the streaming service, and now the BBC has announced its own take on the feature with BBC Together. Available now on Taster, the experimental platform where the BBC tests new ideas and technologies, BBC Together lets people watch and listen to video and audio content from iPlayer, Sounds, Bitesize, News and Sport at exactly the same time.

Google's free Zoom rival lets you call 100 people with no time limit.

The feature, from BBC Research & Development, will be made available on the broadcaster's experimental website, BBC Taster, in the near future.

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