Disney+ has joined the socially-distanced movie night movement with the announcement of its GroupWatch feature, which allows up to seven people to watch the same content together across connected TVs and smart devices. Disney+ subscribers can start a GroupWatch via the details page from any TV series or film on the Disney+ app or website.
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Here's more from Disney+ about the new feature:
Today, Disney+ introduced GroupWatch, a new co-viewing feature for connecting with friends and families to watch movies and shows from the entire Disney+ library, even when apart. GroupWatch allows for up to seven people to watch together in a synced playback experience available across web, mobile, connected TV devices and Smart TVs, and share reactions in real time.
"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," said Jerrell B Jimerson, SVP Product Management for Disney+.
Subscribers can launch the experience through the GroupWatch icon found on the Details page of series and movies from the extensive library on Disney+.
They will then be given a link to invite up to six other people to watch with them (Disney+ subscription required). Invitations must originate from mobile or web, but you can then watch from your connected TV device or Smart TV.
GroupWatch's synchronized playback seamlessly allows each participant the ability to pause for a bathroom break, play, rewind to watch a favorite scene again, or fast forward, for the whole group.
While watching, viewers can react in real time with six different emojis: "like", "funny", "sad", "angry", "scared" and "surprised" through the Disney+ app.
After initially launching in a test version in Canada on September 10th and in Australia and New Zealand on September 18th, the feature is now live in the United States. The feature is expected to expand to Europe later this fall.