It simply obtained manner simpler and extra handy to remotely watch Amazon Prime Video’s TV reveals and films along with your folks. The service’s “Watch Celebration” characteristic has obtained a a lot wanted enlargement from the restricted use circumstances the place it labored earlier than — on Fireplace TV gadgets, desktop net browsers, and the Prime Video cell app — and it now helps non-Amazon streaming gadgets, good TVs, and Xbox / PlayStation gaming consoles. TechCrunch first reported on the enlargement.
Watch Celebration permits for as much as 100 individuals with a Prime subscription to view content material on the similar time. The host is ready to play, pause, skip, and quick ahead or rewind for the group, and everybody can chat about what they’re watching.
For now, Amazon’s Watch Celebration characteristic stays obtainable solely within the US. “An error message is displayed if you’re utilizing a VPN,” Amazon notes in its FAQ. Everybody shares entry to content material that’s free to stream with a Prime subscription. However if you wish to watch a film that may solely be rented, everybody should accomplish that individually. Watch Celebration isn’t suitable with reside occasions (like Thursday Night time Soccer), Amazon Prime Video Channels, or Freevee (previously often known as IMDBtv).
Whereas many of those group viewing experiences popped up amid COVID-19 lockdowns, Amazon started testing Watch Celebration in 2019 through its Twitch service. Hulu provides an identical characteristic by the identical identify, Disney Plus provides GroupWatch, and streaming TV apps like Sling TV have additionally joined in.