(Pocket-lint) - Amazon offers its Amazon Prime Video subscribers the ability to watch TV shows and movies with friends via a feature called Watch Party.
The Watch Party feature is available in the US and UK. Here's everything you need to know, including what it is, how it works and how to setup a Watch Party.
What is a Prime Video Watch Party?
An Amazon Prime Video Watch Party can include up to 100 participants in one group, but each person must have Amazon Prime membership. You should be able to still take part in a Watch Party if you're on holiday or away for work (pending the availability of content) but UK-based Prime members can't take part in a Watch Party started by someone with an Amazon US account, and vice versa. If you were in the US and wanted to participate with a UK Watch Party though, that would be possible, as long as you signed in with your UK account.
Once you have a membership, you can use Prime Video to join or start a Watch Party. You can even choose from thousands of titles, including originals and licensed content. Originals include Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Jack Ryan, The Big Sick, The Boys, Homecoming, and My Spy. Titles available for rent or purchase are also available to watch in a Watch Party, but each participant would need to buy or rent the title, as they would if they were watching on their own.
How to start a Prime Video Watch Party
Prime Video Watch Parties allow synchronised playback and enable chat, so you can watch and talk to other guests in real-time. You must share a link with family and friends to experience something together, however. The built-in chat feature supports both text and built-in emojis.
- Browse to an eligible title on a desktop browser. Apple's Safari is not supported.
- Select the "Watch Party" icon (party hat) next to the Watch Trailer and Add to List icons.
- Enter a desired user name under "Chat as"
- Click "Create Watch Party" to generate a Watch Party link.
- Invite friends using the "Share" icon via email, Twitter or Facebook
- Select "Copy Link" to share the Watch Party via available third-party applications.
To get started with a Watch Party, click on the Watch Party icon on the movie or show's page on Amazon Prime Video's desktop website. You'll then get a link you can share with friends and family. Those who click the link will be able to join the session and can then chat with others.
If you want to join a Watch party, click on the link you've received using a desktop web browser. Once you've been redirected to the title, enter your desired username under "Chat as" and then click "Join Watch Party" to join the Watch Party.