Disney Plus will soon make it possible to synchronize the playback of movies and series for group viewing. The feature is only available in the United States for now, but will be coming to Europe soon.
With the new GroupWatch feature, up to seven users can watch any movie, series or documentary on Disney Plus simultaneously and in sync. Any of these users can pause, rewind or fast forward the video at any time. This can get chaotic, of course, just as the remote control is sometimes ‘fought for’, but we don’t have to deny that it is very convenient that anyone watching can access the controls.
In times of lockdowns, video calling and a heavy reliance on digital platforms to stay connected with friends and family, the video sync feature seems like a smart move from Disney. Users can respond through a number of emojis (fun, funny, sad, anxious, angry, surprising) that appear on the screen. This allows viewers to share their emotions without committing the serious crime of talking through a movie.
GroupWatch works on all devices that support Disney Plus, including mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and the web browser.
The feature has already been tested in Canada and New Zealand, but has only been launched in the US for now. GroupWatch adds a new social element to Disney’s streaming service. The position is expected to come to Europe in the coming weeks.
Once the time has come, you can start the GroupWatch feature by clicking the icon. The icon is a small circle with three figures in it. It will be located next to the other icons on the landing page of each title to play or download the video. A link can then be shared with other Disney Plus users.
Let’s get social
We’ve seen similar features with Netflix Party, a third-party add-on for Chrome, as well as Amazon Prime Video ‘s official Watch Party feature. So Disney isn’t the first to join the party in times of social distancing, but certainly offers an officially thought-out version with its own emojis.
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