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Wired

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party


After you send them the link, your friends will be able to join, provided they have also installed the browser extension and are logged into Netflix. During the playback, there will be a gray Netflix Party box for text chatting. You change your icon and username by clicking the circle at the top by the copy link button.

Unfortunately, at this point you can’t voice or video chat during playback, which could be just fine if your friend group is more into texting anyway.

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WIRED: Video chat. Slick interface. Good video quality. Read More

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The Verge

Amazon is bringing virtual viewing parties to Prime subscribers with Watch Party


Amazon is giving its Prime members the ability to watch TV shows and movies on Prime Video with friends using its new Watch Party feature.

The feature is slowly rolling out, according to the company, and is only available in the US right now. Watch Parties will accommodate up to 100 viewers in one group, but each person must have a US-based Prime subscription. Once inside the Watch Party, people can choose from thousands of titles, according to Amazon, including originals and licensed shows and movies. Read More

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The Next Web

Amazon Prime Video rolls out Watch Party feature for movies with friends


Just a month after Hulu began testing an official ‘watch party’ feature, Amazon has decided to join the bandwagon.

The company today began rolling out a beta of the feature (US-only, for now) that allows up to 100 viewers to participate in synchronized playback of a TV show or movie. Playback is controlled by the host, and there’s a chat window that participants can communicate with. And because it’s 2020 and all, you can communicate in stickers too.

To start a watch party, simply head on over to the content you’d like to watch; you’ll see the watch party button right on the show or movie’s title. Read More

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TechCrunch

Amazon Prime Video introduces ‘Watch Party,’ a social co-viewing experience included with Prime – TechCrunch


Amazon Prime Video is beginning to roll out a co-viewing feature to Amazon Prime members in the U.S., the company announced today. The “Watch Party” feature, which is included at no extra cost with a Prime membership, allows participants to watch video content together at the same time with the playback synchronized to the host’s account.

The host of the co-watching session will be able to start, stop and pause the Watch Party as needed throughout the session, and those changes will also be synced to all participants’ devices instantly. Read More

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Tech Radar

After the initial party, Houseparty to introduce local content in India

Lockdown has been once in a lifetime experience. For many, it meant forcefully staying away from their loved ones while a lot has been able to strengthen their ties with immediate families by being physically present with them as well as with their loved ones while maintaining social distancing. One such app is Houseparty, that allows users to play interactive games while being connected over video calls.

Houseparty, on the other hand, has also seen unprecedented growth in India. As reported by Indian Express, the app has experienced over a 159% growth in the last 30 days as compared to the previous month. Further, despite the positive growth, the company reports that the average duration of calls remains un-changed at 65 minutes. Read More

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Mashable

‘Search Party’ Season 3 is a tense and twisted courtroom drama


In the first minutes of Search Party Season 3, Dory (Alia Shawkat) takes a doozy of a mugshot. There are no timeline gimmicks or flash forwards to hint at where the Season ends, but that image is a hint unto itself. As it goes viral, the media and public speculate that Dory Sief’s innocent face hides the machinations of a criminal mastermind, and she slowly but perceptibly becomes the woman in that photograph.

Search Party Season 3 picks up moments after Dory’s Season 2 arrest for the murder of Keith Powell (Ron Livingston). Dory and Drew (John Reynolds) end up on trial because their DNA was found on the body, although Elliott (John Early) and Portia (Meredith Hagner) are taken in for questioning before the proceedings as well. Read More