Amazon Prime Video Watch Party Feature Allows Group Viewing on Laptops

Brenda Watkins
July 1, 2020

Amazon Prime Video Watch Party is here to solve a problem that we've been trying to figure out for months: how to watch shows with the friends and family we've been separated from.

Watch Party can be set up by any user, who then emails links to family and friends so that they can join in watching the show.

Prime Video Watch Party is available for US Prime members and Prime Video subscribers for now, and you have to be on a desktop browser to utilize it. Create your Watch Party. At present, however, those titles available through rent and purchase options only do not support the Watch Party feature.

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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. Once you've been redirected to the title, enter your desired username under "What's Your Name?" and then click "Join Watch Party" to join the Watch Party. During a session, the host of the Party is the one able to start, pause and stop the chosen video for everyone, while all guests can socialise and share thoughts and emojis through the built-in chat. Amazon implementing this officially for Prime members is a big deal, and it gives the company yet another means by which to entice people into joining Prime.

Last year, Philo, a live streaming TV service, said that it was internally testing a co-viewing feature for live and on-demand content. Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu require subscriptions and are limited to desktop only. Interestingly, Plex's Watch Together has a few advantages here in that it's free for all to use (no subscription required) and it's available to use on the Plex apps for Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Nvidia Shield TV, and Roku devices.

Plex's feature, however, is still in beta, and it does not feature integrated chat like the previously mentioned services.

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