The feature is now available!
Disney+ has announced the launch of a new co-viewing feature that allows viewers to watch their favorite Disney content together.
Disney+ announced the rollout of the new "GroupWatch" feature earlier today for U.S. subscribers. Host a private-viewing party and watch titles with up to six of your friends—everyone must be a Disney+ subscriber to participate.
"Storytelling comes alive when you're able to share and enjoy it with others, and at 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+ in a press release.
Invitations must be sent from the web or mobile device; however, participants can also access the feature on a connected television or Smart TV, as well as android and IOS devices.
To start a session, open the Disney+ app, pick a title, and then tap the GroupWatch Icon (it looks like three people). Once everyone has joined the party, the show can begin. Swipe left during the movie or show to access the emojis; as of yet, there's not a live chat option on the GroupWatch feature.
This feature is similar to several other group watch options that are rising in popularity among streaming services these days. As more and more people want to connect with others, these are becoming a welcome way to spend some time binge-watching while social distancing.
Screengrab of GroupWatch
Make sure you check out the full list of titles coming to Disney+ this month so you can start planning a movie marathon with your friends!
Will you be hosting a Disney+ GroupWatch party soon? This is the ideal way to get together from home for a Halloween viewing marathon, a kid’s movie birthday party, or a perfect set up for a girl’s night in, socially distant style. Let us know what you think about this new feature in the comments.