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HomeTechAmazon expands Prime Video’s Watch Party feature to Roku, smart TVs, and...

Amazon expands Prime Video’s Watch Party feature to Roku, smart TVs, and more


It simply received approach simpler and extra handy to remotely watch Amazon Prime Video’s TV exhibits and flicks along with your mates. The service’s “Watch Occasion” characteristic has acquired a a lot wanted enlargement from the restricted use instances the place it labored earlier than — on Hearth TV gadgets, desktop net browsers, and the Prime Video cellular app — and it now helps non-Amazon streaming gadgets, good TVs, and Xbox / PlayStation gaming consoles. TechCrunch first reported on the enlargement.

Watch Occasion permits for as much as 100 individuals with a Prime subscription to view content material on the similar time. The host is ready to play, pause, skip, and quick ahead or rewind for the group, and everybody can chat about what they’re watching.

For now, Amazon’s Watch Occasion characteristic stays out there solely within the US. “An error message is displayed in case you are utilizing a VPN,” Amazon notes in its FAQ. Everybody shares entry to content material that’s free to stream with a Prime subscription. However if you wish to watch a film that may solely be rented, everybody should accomplish that individually. Watch Occasion isn’t appropriate with reside occasions (like Thursday Night time Soccer), Amazon Prime Video Channels, or Freevee (previously often called IMDBtv).

Whereas many of those group viewing experiences popped up amid COVID-19 lockdowns, Amazon started testing Watch Occasion in 2019 through its Twitch service. Hulu gives an analogous characteristic by the identical title, Disney Plus gives GroupWatch, and streaming TV apps like Sling TV have additionally joined in.

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