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Disney+ Launches Group Feature To Let You Watch With Friends

by : Julia Banim on : 30 Sep 2020 12:29
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It’s often much more fun to watch a movie with friends, sparking heated discussions and urgent ‘shushings’ during tense bits.

One of the things I’ve personally missed most this year is heading to a friend’s house for films and pizza, without fear of breaking any rules.

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Now Disney+ has introduced GroupWatch, a feature which allows viewers to watch Disney+ films or TV shows with friends and family virtually through the app. This feature will sync your streams, ensuring you can watch together even you are physically many miles apart.

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GroupWatch was first tested in Canada on September 10, and in Australia and New Zealand on September 18. Currently available in the US, a European launch is reportedly expected ‘later this fall’.

Disney+ subscribers may invite up to six friends and family members to join them for a rewatch party, with the feature arriving in time for the hotly anticipated release of The Mandalorian season two (October 30).

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In a statement, SVP Product Management for Disney+, Jerrell B Jimerson, said:

Storytelling comes alive when you’re able to share and enjoy it with others, and in 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.

GroupWatch doesn’t have a text chat feature, so as to not distract viewers. However, participants can share their reactions using six different emoji, including ‘like,’ ‘funny,’ ‘sad’ and ‘scared’ via the Disney+ app.

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Users may launch this feature through the GroupWatch icon, which can be found on the Details page of series and movies in the Disney+ library.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Film and TV, Disney+, Friends, streaming, TV