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GroupWatch is the Disney Plus version of Netflix Party. This is how it works



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Disney Plus introduces a GroupWatch feature, so you can watch shows at the same time as your friends, wherever you are.

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Disney Plus’s GroupWatch feature allows subscribers to watch all of the shows and movies on the streaming service simultaneously with friends and family from far away within the US. Up to seven people can sync their screens to share web, mobile, connected TVs and smart TVs, and share emoji reactions in real time while watching everything from classic Disney movies to season 2 of The Mandalorian (look at all the the best movies to watch here on Disney Plus).

GroupWatch is the Disney Plus version of the Netflix party and Amazon Prime Video Watch Party, which gained popularity during coronavirus quarantines. Unlike those offerings, GroupWatch works natively on any device, without the need for an extension or app. However, it currently lacks a chat feature – instead, viewers can send emoji responses to the group screen from within the Disney Plus app. But you can still text or video chat with your friends while watching together. And there may be a chat option in the future, said Jerrell B. Jimerson, senior vice president of product management for Disney Plus.

Read more: Disney Plus: Everything You Need to Know About Disney’s Streaming App

“In this day and age when it is difficult to interact with friends, no matter your age, it’s a great way to connect with friends and family,” Jimerson told CNET.

GroupWatch is now available on the web and all other platforms.

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Anyone in your group can play, pause, fast forward or rewind while watching together.

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Set up Disney Plus GroupWatch

Here’s how to use Disney Plus GroupWatch to watch all the Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic content you want along with your friends and family, wherever you live. (One note: if the user has a Kids profile, they cannot start or join GroupWatch from that profile.)

  1. Open the Disney Plus app or website and tap or click the title you want to view.
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    Respond to what you’re watching with an emoji in the Disney Plus app.

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  3. To the far right of the Play icon you will see an icon with three personal figures. Tap or click on it.
  4. A link will appear that allows you to invite up to six other people to watch with you. You can send the link via text, email, or any other option that your device allows. (However, anyone you send the link to must have a Disney Plus subscription which costs $ 7 a month.)
  5. Once everyone has been added, any participant can tap Start Stream.
  6. Once the stream has started, any participant can press pause, fast forward or rewind. Everyone can also respond in real time through the Disney Plus app with six different emojis: fun, funny, sad, angry, scared and surprised. The emoji and name of the person who sent them will appear at the bottom of everyone’s screen.

GroupWatch launched in Canada and New Zealand in September. It launched in the UK in October.

If you’re looking for GroupWatch inspiration, check out every show, movie and original now on Disney Plus, and our list of the 11 best TV shows and 30 best movies on the streaming service.


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