Amazon’s streaming service is unveiling a joint viewing option to stream movies and TV shows with up to 100 other Prime Video account holders, a nifty feature that’s already officially available on platforms like Hulu and HBO.
The native tool is now available to Prime Video subscribers in the US via a desktop browser, with the exception of Safari (other platforms and applications are currently not supported). An Amazon spokesperson told Gizmodo via email that users will now be able to simultaneously stream thousands of titles in their catalog, including Amazon originals and titles like Captain America the First Avenger and Knives out.
As another joint display applicationsAmazon Party Watch includes a chat room tool to allow participants to chat while streaming their show or movie. Users can easily add participants, although once again you must have a Prime account, sharing a unique link to your joint viewing room.
To start a session, click on the View party icon on a title’s home page (you’ll find it to the right of the Trailer and Watchlist buttons). You will be able to enter a chat name on the next screen to let people know who you are, which will come in handy if you’re streaming with something close to the absolutely dumb limit of 100 other viewers. Then, share the link and the title begins. Everyone will see the same movie or series synchronized in real time.
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And that is. No more searching for third-party hosting applications, and no more trying to smash that “play” button at the same time as your loved ones in quarantine. Thank God. We are all doing our best right now.