Disney+ has released a new service which is called GroupWatch, which is a co-viewing experience for viewing movies and shows from the Disney+ with your friends and family while you are living far apart. This is a new service that we know they’ve been working on for a while, and it’s one that many subscribers have been waiting for. Now it is here in the U.S. and available to use today!
GroupWatch grants for up to seven people to watch together in a synced playback experience available across the web, mobile phones, TV devices, and Smart TVs, and viewers can share their feedback in real-time.
Jerrell B Jimerson, SVP Product Management for Disney+, said in a statement:
“Storytelling comes alive when you’re able to share and enjoy it with others, and in this moment when many are still apart from their friends and family, GroupWatch offers a way to safely connect virtually by co-viewing your favorite Disney+ stories with your favorite people from the comfort of your living room.”
This is how it works:
Subscribers can start the experience through the GroupWatch icon which you can find it on the Details page of series and movies from the vast library on Disney+.
Then you will get a link to invite up to six other people to watch with them (Disney+ subscription required). Invitations must start from mobile or web, but you can then watch on any of your connected TV device or Smart TV.
GroupWatch’s synchronized playback seamlessly enables each participant the ability to pause for a bathroom break, play, rewind to watch a beloved scene again or fast forward, for the entire group.
While watching, viewers can respond in real-time with six different emojis: “like,” “funny,” “sad,” “angry,” “scared,” and “surprised” through the Disney+ app.
This seems like an interesting feature and these days, I think this is the best way to watch content with friends and family, just like online gaming, no more social contact whatsoever.