‘ GroupWatch feature allows subscribers to watch shows and movies on the streaming service simultaneously with friends and family within the US. Up to seven people can sync their screens to watch together across web, mobile, connected and smart TVs, and people can share emoji reactions in real time as they watch everything from classic Disney movies to .
GroupWatch is‘ version of (formerly Netflix Party) and , which gained popularity during the early days of the . Unlike those offerings, GroupWatch works natively across any device — no extension or app necessary. However, it currently lacks a chat feature: Instead, viewers can send emoji reactions to the group screen from the Disney Plus app. To voice specific feelings, you’ll need to text or video chat with your friends as you watch along . However, Jerrell B. Jimerson, senior vice president of product management for Disney Plus, said at GroupWatch’s launch that a chat option may arrive in the future.
GroupWatch is now available on the web and all other platforms.
How to set up Disney Plus GroupWatch
Here’s how to use Disney Plus GroupWatch to watch all the, , , Pixar and National Geographic content you want at the same time as your friends and family, wherever you live. (One note: If the user has a , they won’t be able to start or join a GroupWatch from that profile.)
1. Open the Disney Plus app or website and tap or click on the title you want to watch.
2. To the far right of the Play icon, you’ll see an icon with three people figures. Tap or click it.
3. A link will pop up, allowing you to invite up to six other people to watch with you. You can send the link through text, email or any other option your device allows. (However, everyone you send the link to must have awhich costs $8 a month.)
4. Once everyone is added, any participant can tap Start Stream.
5. Once the stream has started, any participant can hit pause, fast forward or rewind. Everyone can also react in real time through the Disney Plus app with six different emoji: like, funny, sad, angry, scared and surprised. The emoji and the name of the person who sent them will pop up on the bottom of everyone’s screens.
GroupWatch launched in the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand in 2020, butsaid the feature is only designed for groups in the same country to watch together.
If you’re looking for some GroupWatch inspiration, check out, and our list of the and on the streaming service.