Disney+ launches GroupWatch feature in UK
James R | On 25, Oct 2020
Disney+ has rolled out its new GroupWatch feature for UK users.
The co-viewing feature allows friends and families to connect while watching movies and TV shows on Disney+. it allows up to seven people to watch together in a synced playback experience available across web, mobile, connected TV devices and Smart TVs.
Subscribers can launch the experience through the GroupWatch icon found on the Details page of series and movies. They will then be given a link to invite up to six other people with Disney+ suscriptions to watch with them – invitations must originate from mobile or web, but you can then watch from your connected TV device or Smart TV.
The synchronised playback allows each participant the ability to pause for a bathroom break, play, rewind to watch a scene again, or fast forward, for the whole group.
While watching, viewers can react in real time with six different emojis: “like”, “funny”, “sad”, “angry”, “scared” and “surprised” through the Disney+ app.
“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,” said Jerrell B Jimerson, SVP Product Management for Disney+.
After launching in a test version in Canada, Australia and New Zealand in September, the feature has now rolled out to Europe users, including the UK, just in time for half-term viewing and the second season of The Mandalorian.