Amazon Prime Video Watch Party feature is expanding to more devices as it arrives on Roku, smart TVs, and gaming consoles like PlayStation and Xbox.
The latest Amazon Prime Video upgrade allows more users to easily watch movies and TV shows remotely with their friends and family members miles away from them.
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Amazon Prime Video Watch Party Expansion
As per a news story by The Verge, the Watch Party feature on the streaming service of Amazon used to be available to a limited set of users.
The capability to remotely stream videos previously only works on Fire TV devices of Amazon, the mobile app of Prime Video, and via web browsers like Google Chrome.
But that leaves out millions of TV viewers with smart TVs and other streaming devices like Roku. Not to mention that gamers watching their favorite shows and films straight from their gaming consoles like the PlayStation or the Xbox also misses out on the fun.
Instead, non-Fire TV users settle with the small screens on their laptops and smartphones.
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Others had to tediously plug their laptops into their TVs to watch videos on a bigger screen. But it could have been easier and more convenient if it was available straight from smart TVs.
So this time, Amazon has decided to expand the availability of the Watch Party function on Prime Video to more users.
The updated Watch Party feature works beyond Fire TV devices, web browsers, and Prime Video apps on Android and iOS.
If we are being more precise, the Prime Video feature now works on smart TVs, Roku, Xbox, and PlayStation.
Amazon Prime Video Watch Party
During the pre-pandemic era, features like the Watch Party were far from being widely available in streaming apps.
But the COVID-19 lockdowns brought a bunch of significant changes to our lives. And one of them is the arrival of features that allows users to stream video with other users remotely.
However, it is worth noting that Amazon appears to be ahead of everyone else. The Verge reports that the retail giant tried out its Watch Party feature on its game video streaming service, Twitch, back in 2019.
Meanwhile, according to the report from Tech Crunch, Amazon introduced Watch Party on Prime Video in June 2020, when COVID lockdown was still a thing.
Another giant streaming service, Disney Plus, also introduced a similar feature last 2020, aptly named GroupWatch.
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How Amazon Prime Video Watch Party Works
Amazon Prime Video’s Watch Party lets around 100 subscribers watch videos simultaneously remotely.
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Everyone in the Watch Party could use the chat function to talk about the gore scenes on The Boys Season 3 or whatever they are binge-watching.
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