While Coronavirus has pushed companies towards an economic slump, some like companies like Zoom are offering services to watch videos together online have encashed upon the virus. The latest to join the trend is Facebook.
Today, the social media giant announced a new feature for its Messenger app that’ll allow users to watch Facebook videos together while sitting miles apart. The feature has been dubbed “Watch Together” and will be available soon to users.
Facebook Watch Together Feature: On Messenger Group Calls
The Watch Together feature borrows the functionality from Facebook’s Watch Party feature that could be used by users to watch videos or content from a specific Facebook group or page.
Watch Together feature, on the other hand, is intended to be more user-engaging as compared to the Watch Paty feature. In the new feature, participants will be able to see each other’s reactions as the video will be played on a group video call.
You can start watching a video together by tapping on the ‘Watch Together’ button available after swiping up on a group video call in Messenger.
You can also watch videos together with up to 8 people and if you want more participants then create a Messenger Room for the same.
However, one can co-watch the videos available only in Facebook’s ‘Watch’ tab. There is no option to watch videos from any external source. Moreover, Facebook has not enabled the feature for YouTube videos. Thus, the options to watch videos together are limited.
Meanwhile, if you’re searching for tools to watch movies together with your long-distance friends, here are some apps you can use.
Facebook says “Watch Together” feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks.