Twitch has rolled out its Watch Parties feature to all creators worldwide, allowing the platform’s streamers and subscribers to watch Amazon Prime Video together.
The Verge reports that anyone with an Amazon Prime Video account can now host a public Watch Party when accessing Twitch via a desktop, with other Amazon Prime Video account holders invited to participate and watch the stream. It adds, “Watch Parties is currently not available on mobile devices, but Twitch is working on it and expects to roll out said feature in the coming months.”
It is also important to note that Amazon’s library of movies and TV shows will be restricted based on an individual user’s geographical location despite the feature now being globally accessible. Amazon’s catalogue varies between regions, therefore the streaming of licensed content will be prohibited on titles that are unavailable in the host country. For instance, US residents will not be allowed to stream or watch UK-only titles, such as Star Trek: Picard.
Twitch started rolling out the Watch Party feature in October of last year, allowing some creators to test out the function and come together with their viewers to watch, react, and discuss any movie or TV show that is available with their Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Twitch made the feature more widely available to users in the US this year, before making the move to roll out Watch Parties to streamers and subscribers worldwide.
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While movie theaters were forced to temporarily close their doors during the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, streaming services witnessed a surge in online traffic, as consumers searched for alternative ways to connect with family and friends. Some turned to Netflix Party, a Google Chrome extension that allows multiple users to stream a Netflix show or movie together at the same time.
The global expansion of Twitch’s new Watch Party feature offers additional entertainment options for those hosting or attending virtual gatherings, with Amazon originals like The Boys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Homecoming all available to stream. Plus, Amazon Prime Video is due to debut the highly anticipated second season of The Boys on September 4, with a special three-episode premiere.
For the latest on the streaming service, read our rundown of all the new movies and shows coming to Amazon Prime Video in September.