You can now watch Amazon TV shows and movies with up to 100 friends virtually through a new feature called Watch Party (AMZN)

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  • Amazon is launching a new feature for watching Prime TV shows
    and movies with friends remotely called Watch Party.
  • You can start a Watch Party with up to 100 people, but the
    feature is only available for Prime members in the US and only
    works on a desktop web browser.
  • The launch comes after rivals like Hulu and HBO rolled out
    similar features.
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Amazon is making it easier to watch TV shows and movies included
with Amazon Prime alongside friends even when you’re apart.

The online retail giant launched a new feature this week called
Watch Party,
which makes it possible to message friends while streaming the same
content simultaneously. The addition comes after many people across
the US had remained isolated throughout March and April as
stay-at-home orders were being implemented because of the
coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon’s Watch Party supports up to 100 participants and is only
available in the US. There are a couple of caveats, however. The
feature is only available on desktop web browsers — with the
exception of Safari and Internet Explorer which are not supported
— so you’ll have to use a laptop or desktop computer to
participate in a Watch Party rather than your television.

All participants need to have an Amazon Prime subscription since
the feature is meant for watching Prime-eligible movies and TV
shows together. You can only watch content included with Amazon
Prime through Watch Party, meaning you can’t access TV shows or
movies that you’ve purchased or rented or Prime Video channels that
you subscribe to.

Amazon Prime customers can start a Watch Party by finding the TV
show or movie they would like to watch and clicking the Watch Party
icon. You can then share a link with friends to invite them to the
Watch Party. There’s no separate plugin or extension required.

Amazon is launching the feature after several web extensions
have offered similar capabilities.

Netflix Party
, for example, has been available for a while but
gained popularity in recent months as the pandemic required many
people to remain at home. The Chrome extension allows you to watch
Netflix with others remotely and also includes a built-in chat
function. The website Kosmi also makes it possible
to watch Netflix and other video services together
by sharing
your screen, and includes an integrated player for watching YouTube
videos simultaneously. 

Other major streaming services have also launched similar
features designed for hosting virtual movie nights. Scener, a web
extension similar to Netflix Party,
partnered with HBO
to bring the ability to watch movies and TV
shows remotely to the entertainment giant’s HBO Go and HBO Now
services. Hulu also
launched a watch party feature
 near the end of May. Those
options, like Amazon’s, also work on web browsers. 

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You can now watch Amazon TV shows and movies with up to 100
friends virtually through a new feature called Watch Party