2020 has forced us to make big changes in the way we live our lives. This includes distance from our close loved ones. Under these circumstances, messaging and video conferencing apps like Zoom, WhatsApp, and Messenger have improved their capabilities to help more people communicate with their friends and family at the same time. Additionally, streaming platforms like Spotify have introduced new features so that people can listen to their favorite songs with their band simultaneously. Now, Amazon has taken a step in the same direction.
Amazon India has introduced a new feature called Watch Party on its Prime Video service that will allow Prime members to watch their favorite shows or movies with their entire gang, even when they are apart.
To give you a brief overview, the Watch Party function provides simultaneous host-controlled playback. Participants can not only stream video but also can communicate with other participants. Up to 100 participants can watch a video together in one session.
The only caveat is that all participants must have a Prime membership or a Prime Video subscription. Also, this feature is only available in the Prime Video desktop app. This means if you can watch a video with your friends using the Watch Party feature while using the Prime Video mobile app.
If you already have a Prime subscription, here's how to use this feature:
Step 1: Click the Watch Party icon on your screen to watch the movies. You will find it in the list of episodes of TV shows.
Step 2: Choose the name you want to use during chatting. Create your own watch party
Step 3: Share the Watch Party link with up to 100 people. Your friends can join by clicking on their link.
Step 4: Once everyone is ready, start the Watch Party. The host can play, pause, and move to the group.
Notably, Amazon previously introduced Watch Party to Prime users in the US. Now, the company has brought this job to India. An annual subscription to Amazon Prime costs Rs 999 in India. On the other hand, the monthly subscription costs Rs 129 / month.
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