Amazon is bringing virtual viewing parties to Prime subscribers with Watch Party

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Amazon is giving its Prime members the power to look at TV exhibits and flicks on Prime Video with mates utilizing its new Watch Party function.

The function is slowly rolling out, in keeping with the corporate, and is barely obtainable within the US proper now. Watch Parties will accommodate as much as 100 viewers in a single group, however every particular person should have a US-based Prime subscription. Once contained in the Watch Party, folks can select from 1000’s of titles, in keeping with Amazon, together with originals and licensed exhibits and flicks.

Anything from the service’s US streaming video on demand catalog is featured. This contains originals like Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Jack Ryan, The Big Sick, The Boys, Homecoming, and My Spy, in addition to licensed titles obtainable with an Amazon Prime Video subscription. Movies and TV exhibits obtainable for hire or buy, nevertheless, usually are not obtainable to stream in Watch Party.

Watch Party hosts will oversee full synchronized playback controls and a chat function to speak with all different visitors. While Twitch, Amazon’s different streaming service, has an analogous function, these streams are open to the general public. Anyone can be a part of a creator’s viewing session so long as they’ve a Prime account. Prime Video’s new Watch Party function is solely non-public. The host will share a hyperlink with relations and mates for folks to click on and be a part of, much like Zoom.

Prime Video is the latest main streamer to get in on digital viewing events. WarnerMedia, Disney, and Netflix partnered with Scener so subscribers to HBO, Disney Plus, and Netflix can watch issues collectively. Right now, Prime Video Watch Parties are just for desktop use. Amazon didn’t say if a cellular model is on the way in which.

Update June 29th, 6:45pm ET: The story has been up to date to incorporate further details about what titles might be streamed.