Disney+ Adding ‘Group Watch’ Feature

Disney+ is adding a feature to expand the platform to even more viewers.  Called “GroupWatch,” it will enable up to seven Disney+ subscribers to screen a show or movie simultaneously and react together.  Similar apps like Netflix Party and Scener enable socially distanced pals to have viewing parties together on other platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, but the other apps are browser extensions that require laptops.  GroupWatch is unique in that it can be on as large a screen as the audience wants.  Unlike similar apps, however, GroupWatch won’t allow for viewers to react with typed text; rather, they can only use emojis such as “funny” or “surprised.”  GroupWatch will appear as an icon (an outline of three people) on the “details” page of any given selection, and a viewer can simply tap it and invite others to join.



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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan