At last, Disney + viewers can finally welcome their guard parties. Variety reports that Disney’s streaming service is launching GroupWatch, a new feature that allows groups of seven subscribers to watch virtually any show or movie on the platform.
Since the pandemic began, streaming party services have become the unofficial replacement for movie nights in person, with everyone stacked on their bed to stream a new movie from wherever they are watching. While most services allow the remote audience to discuss the movie or show they are watching in real time over a text chat, the Disney + Group stands out from the competition by eliminating the chat feature.
According to Disney, the feature has been abandoned so that viewers can focus more on what they are streaming. Jerrell Jimerson, SVP of product management for Disney Streaming Services, told Variety: “We were really focused on making it easier to use for friends and family … and making sure the viewing experience isn’t. not ink. “
Instead of full chat sidebars, GroupWatch offers subscribers a different way to interact without using any words. Participants will have their choice of six emojis in the Disney + app, including “like,” “funny,” “sad,” “angry,” “scared,” and “surprised,” to use while streaming in GroupWatch. Unfortunately for those who tune in to TV screens and hope to participate in the entertainment, emoji reactions are only available to online viewers or through mobile apps.
Jimerson said Disney was already developing GroupWatch before the coronavirus pandemic, but requests for a surveillance party service have increased over the past six months. “Movies and TV shows are for their social nature, and people want to watch them together,” he said.
To use GroupWatch, all viewers must have a Disney + account. So, if you want to invite a handful of friends to pass it on Hamilton, they will all have to sign up if they don’t already have the service – and Disney + no longer offers a free trial to new users. And if you try to transmit Mulan, keep in mind that the movie is still $ 30, and Disney + will charge each viewer at the GroupWatch party individually.
Once everyone is all registered, a person will have to start the virtual display party. To launch GroupWatch, just go to the Details page of a movie or series you want to search for. Here, you’ll find the GroupWatch icon, which lets you invite up to six more viewers when it’s selected. You can send GroupWatch invitations only through your phone or web, but anyone can accept them through a connected TV device or a smart TV.
Disney + is the latest service to jump on the bandwagon in car streaming. When the quarantine began, Netflix viewers used extensions such as Scener, Netflix Party, and Kast to broadcast Tiger King o Ozark together. While Netflix has yet to launch its own official group streaming feature, Hulu has released it Watch Party May and Amazon have unveiled their own Look at the party experience of June. HBO Max and Peacock, you’re next.