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Amazon expands Prime Video’s Watch Party to Roku, smart TVs, & more

With a Prime subscription, Watch Party enables up to 100 individuals to watch content concurrently.

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Amazon expands Prime Video's Watch Party to Roku, smart TVs, & more

Remotely watching TV series and movies on Amazon Prime Video with your pals just got a lot simpler and more comfortable. The “Watch Party” feature of the service now includes non-Amazon streaming devices, smart TVs, and Xbox/PlayStation game consoles, expanding its previously limited use cases of Fire TV devices, desktop web browsers, and the Prime Video mobile app. The expansion was initially covered by TechCrunch.

With a Prime subscription, Watch Party enables up to 100 individuals to watch content concurrently. For the group, the host may play, pause, skip, fast-forward, or rewind while allowing everyone to converse on what they are viewing.

The Watch Party function on Amazon is currently only accessible in the US. According to Amazon’s FAQ “An error message is displayed if you are using a VPN.”  Everyone has access to content that is free to stream with a Prime subscription.

However, each person must see a movie on their own if it is only available for rental. Live events (such as Thursday Night Football), Amazon Prime Video Channels, and Freevee are incompatible with Watch Party (formerly known as IMDBtv).

While many of these group watching events emerged during COVID-19 lockdowns, Amazon started experimenting with Watch Party via its Twitch service in 2019. The same-named feature is available on Hulu, GroupWatch is available on Disney Plus, and other streaming TV services like Sling TV have also joined the fray.

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