Disney announced this morning, GroupWatch, a new watch party or co-viewing experience that will let family and friends connect remotely to watch any Disney+ content together.
GroupWatch allows for up to seven people to watch together across web, mobile, connected TV devices and Smart TVs, and share reactions in real time. Disney+ subscribers can launch the service through the GroupWatch icon available on the details page of movies and shows on the Disney+ app or website.
A link to invite up to six other people to watch with the host. Invitations must originate from mobile or web but invitees can watch on connected TV device or Smart TV after accepting the invitation.
While watching, viewers can pause, play, rewind, fast forward or react with six different emojis: “like”, “funny”, “sad”, “angry”, “scared” and “surprised” through the Disney+ app.
Jerrell B Jimerson, SVP Product Management for Disney+ said in the press release “Storytelling comes alive when you’re able to share and enjoy it with others, and in this moment when many are still apart from their friends and family, GroupWatch offers a way to safely connect virtually by co-viewing your favorite Disney+ stories with your favorite people from the comfort of your living room”
Disney+ GroupWatch debuted in Canada, Australia and New Zealand earlier this month and released in the US today.