Facebook Unveils "Watch Together" Co-viewing Experience For Friends

Now you can have 'watch parties' on Facebook Messenger calls

14 Sep 2020 Now you can have'watch parties on Facebook Messenger calls Written by Shubham Sharma Science

As such, Facebook is expanding Messenger's feature set with Watch Together, a new tool that will let you watch videos with your friends over a video call.

Facebook Watch is an on-demand service to discover videos across the social network. The feature is rolling out today on Android and iOS.

"Connecting through video has understandably become more important for our Messenger community in the past few months", Facebook product manager Nora Micheva said in a blog post.

Facebook this year launched the virtual "rooms" feature, where friends can pop in for visits via online video as part of an effort to help users locked down during the pandemic. However the idea's recognition shouldn't be in dispute - and it's picked up steam.

Netflix Inc also has a similar feature called "Netflix Party" that allows multiple users to join in and watch a film on the same screen. Final week, Verizon Media's Yahoo Sports activities debuted a watch-party characteristic in its cell app, timed for the kickoff of the NFL's 2020 season, to let as much as 4 individuals livestream professional soccer without spending a dime alongside a Zoom-like video chat.

Getting started with Watch Together is quite simple.

Facebook is adding stuff to Messenger again. Dubbed Watch Together, the feature supports all Facebook Watch videos. Currently, on a daily basis, Messenger users make more than 150 million video calls in the app and send more than 200 videos.

To use the feature, you can either start a Messenger video call or create a Messenger Room, then swipe up and choose Watch Together. From there you can select a video suggested for you or choose from a category such as "TV & Movies" (comprising a selection of premium TV shows and movies), "Watched" or "Uploaded". Per an organization research, 70% of US customers who work out with a companion have achieved a health objective prior to now six months in contrast with 45% of people that work solo.

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