How Facebook’s Watch Party Lets You Watch Videos With Friends
The new Facebook feature Watch Party is something Netflix needs to look into
After months of testing, Facebook recently launched a new feature called Watch Party which allows multiple users to watch videos together. Together with friends, you’ll be able to comment and react to videos in real time while the host adds to the host que and controls playback.
Although attendees can request videos, they can’t actually play them. Only the single or multiple “hosts” are given the ultimate control. Currently, the feature is only supported within Groups and not pages. Videos also need to be hosted on Facebook, so you're not able to host a Netflix show or something from YouTube. Videos can, however, be live or pre-recorded – as long as they’re on Facebook.
This is the type of feature that would be ideal for platforms like Netflix and Spotify – where groups of people want to watch and react to the same content together, even when they’re physically apart.
Facebook has been heavily investing in ways to ramp up its video streaming and sharing platform and even has a collection of TV shows on Facebook Watch. Shows range from WWE Mixed Match Challenge to Tom vs Time and there's even the funeral-prank premiere episode of A&E’s Bae or Bail, which has been viewed more than 78 million times. Some of the Watch Parties currently active now are Foodie Finds and Pet Collective, which has 216 people watching the adorable pet montage.
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