Amazon Prime Video has today launched Watch Party, a shared social viewing experience for its streaming TV service in the UK.
Unlike Disney+ GroupWatch, the feature is only available to Amazon subscribers on a desktop device, and not via any TV app. The service is currently in beta.
With Watch Party, viewers can host viewing sessions with synchronised playback which the host controls and use the chat function and built in stickers to communicate with friends and family. It works with any content included in the Prime Video subscription, so that includes mega hit The Boys, new Simon Pegg/Nick Frost comedy Truth Seekers and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
We’re told Watch Party will accommodate up to 100 participants per session.
How does Prime Video Watch party work?
Find a movie or TV show: Click on the Watch Party icon on your screen for movies. You’ll find it in the episode list for TV shows.
Enter your name: Choose the handle you’d like to use while chatting. Create your Watch Party.
Invite your friends: Share your Watch Party link with up to 100 people. Your friends can join by clicking on their link.
Start watching and chatting: Once everyone is ready, start your Watch Party. The host can play, pause, and skip for the group.