Facebook introduces 'Watch Together' feature on Messenger

Brenda Watkins
September 14, 2020

To create a Watch Together session, you can start Messenger video call or create a Messenger Room then swipe up to access the menu and select "Watch Together".

The company launched the tool in July as it looks to take on Zoom Video communications inc that became a household name driven by the coronavirus-driven boom in demand for its platform.

The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged a number of streaming services - including Hulu, Plex and Amazon Video - to adopt similar co-viewing features, or at the very least, unofficially permit third-party apps that enable co-watching, like Netflix Party. Nora Micheva, Product Manager introduced the Watch Together feature.

In that sense, it will be more immersive than Watch Party.

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Now Facebook has issued clarifications on their new policy, and thankfully it's not as bad for content creators as initially feared. However, if you use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience for yourself or for others, your videos will be blocked and your page, profile or group may be deleted. While the specifics of our licensing agreements are confidential, today we're sharing some general guidelines to help you plan your videos better: - Music in stories and traditional live music performances (e.g., filming an artist or band performing live) are permitted.

According to the social media giant, users make about 150 million video calls on messenger and send 200 million videos to one another daily. What's more, you can also choose from a category such as "TV & Movies, ' "Watched" 'or 'Uploaded" to select your favorite video.

The COVID disaster has stored individuals aside bodily - and with social-distancing norms, a wave of companies is pushing out "watch social gathering" options, letting their customers almost stream video along with mates.

The feature will begin rolling out globally across iOS and Android, but Facebook intends to have web support ready in a matter of weeks, and other platforms, like desktop, will follow. "We want you to be able to enjoy videos posted by family and friends". This is found in the episode list for TV shows.

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