Amazon offers its Prime members the ability to watch TV shows and movies on Prime Video with friends using its new Watch Party feature.
The functionality is slowly developing, according to the company, and is only available in the United States at this time. Watch Party will host up to 100 spectators in a group, but each person must have a U.S.-based Prime membership. Once inside the Watch Party, people can choose from thousands of titles, according to Amazon, including originals and licensed shows and movies.
Everything in the streaming video on demand catalog of the service in the United States is in the foreground. This includes originals such as Lots of fleas, The wonderful Mrs. Maisel, Jack Ryan, The Big Sick, The boys, Homecoming, is My Spy, as well as licensed titles available with an Amazon Prime Video subscription. Movies and TV shows available for rental or purchase, however, are not available for streaming in Watch Party.
Watch Party hosts will supervise fully synchronized playback controls and a chat feature to talk to all other guests. While Twitch, Amazon’s other streaming service, has a similar function, these streams are open to the public. Anyone can join a creator’s viewing session as long as they have a Prime account. Prime Video’s new Watch Party feature is entirely private. The host will share a connection with family and friends so that people can click and join, similar to Zoom.
Prime Video is the most recent primary streamer for attending virtual viewing parties. WarnerMedia, Disney and Netflix have teamed up with Scener so that HBO, Disney Plus and Netflix subscribers can watch things together. At the moment, Prime Video Watch Parties is for desktop use only. Amazon hasn’t said if a mobile version is coming.
Update June 29, 6:45 pm ET: The story has been updated to include more information on which titles can be streamed.