May 29, 2020

Hulu is launching an official Watch Party feature

Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge:

Hulu is starting to test a Watch Party feature that’ll allow subscribers to simultaneously watch a show or movie while hanging out in a group chat room.

Watch parties have grown increasingly popular over the past couple of months as friends and family who are social distancing look for new ways to connect. The services that enabled those watch parties have tended to be third-party offerings, though. There isn’t a built-in way to stream Netflix or Disney Plus with a friend.

This is timely for me, since last night I watched Flash Gordon over Zoom where a friends just shared his desktop. It wasn’t the best solution, however, since the video stuttered through most of the film. Hulu’s solution sounds like a much better option.