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Hulu in May began testing a new Watch Party feature that's designed to allow up to eight people to watch TV shows and movies together through the Hulu website, chatting with one another while the content is playing.

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The feature was limited to some Hulu users, but Hulu today announced that Watch Party is now available for all on-demand Hulu subscribers.
Today, we're officially launching Hulu Watch Party for Hulu and Hulu (No Ads) subscribers on Hulu.com. Viewers can now safely connect with their friends and family from the comfort of their homes to watch thousands of titles from Hulu's on-demand streaming library.
Creating a Watch Party can be done by choosing the "Watch Party" option on a title's detail page, which provides a link that viewers can share with up to seven other Hulu subscribers. Once everyone has joined, the host can start the show.

Participants need to be logged into Hulu and watchers must have a Hulu subscription. It's also limited to those who are 18 years of age and older. All participants who use Watch Party can react in real time through the chat function in addition to controlling their own playback.

Article Link: Hulu's Watch Party Feature Rolling Out to All Users
 

Amacfa

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This is a no brainer that should have been available on every service like 5 years ago.

They should try making “Live!” watch party’s like what we see in streaming, just applied for movies and shows. Kinda like a e-movie theater.

It seems Hulu has limited this feature to 8 people to your friends circle.
 
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Just outfitted the whole house with ROKU ULTRA 4k units at $69 each at Target.
HULA is Great! Apple TV is on there too.
WHO NEEDS Apple TV when you have a ROKU.
Ditched $140 a month Comcast Cable bill for ROKU and Hula!!
 
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sw1tcher

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Hulu in May began testing a new Watch Party feature that's designed to allow up to eight people to watch TV shows and movies together through the Hulu website, chatting with one another while the content is playing.

Definitely not for me.

I want to focus on the show/movie and not be interrupted by a chat session.

This would be about as annoying as people talking during a movie at the theater while you're trying to focus on and enjoy the movie.
 
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julesme

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What am I supposed to do about the people who always show up late to everything and make the rest of us wait to start the show? That factor alone makes me skeptical that "Watch Party" style viewing will take off.
 
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I’ve been working on a product that does this called WeeVee.

If any MR folks want to try it out, request early access and PM me.

In my experience group video can really bring people together and a culture develops in groups carrying inside jokes from one movie to the next.

Some of the best movies are well-known, like Roger Rabbit. Something people haven’t seen in a while but that are familiar enough no one is worried about catching every last word.

What am I supposed to do about the people who always show up late to everything and make the rest of us wait to start the show?

This is a big problem, actually.

I’ve been able to solve it using automatic calendar invitations, email and text reminders. I also offer ways to engage with the group between showings so they aren’t such an afterthought.

This is a no brainer that should have been available on every service like 5 years ago.

There is a lot that goes into doing a social experience well, and from my experience it goes way beyond what any of the services have been willing to invest in.
 
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Good God !!!!

Nothing Worse than a Chatty Person when I am trying to watch the Show. !!!!
Shut The !@#$%. UP !!!
I'm glad you posted this because I was thinking the same thing'. Then when I saw how many folks like this feature, I figured I was the odd man out. Even when my fiancé and I are watching something, she will invariably start yakking and miss a line, and asked me what they said. Then I lose focus and it's sort of kills the moment. I guess this is why I love my four dogs.
 
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It's optional folks...

It's one experience.. you can take it or leave it. I think it sounds like a cool idea. If you want to watch a move in peace to take it in, do that. Maybe you want to get stoned with your friends and safely and responsibly watch a movie together ... maybe you want to watch a movie everyone has seen together for fun. Lots of reasons someone would want to do this.

If I was watching a new episode of Better Call Saul I hadn't seen, sure. I don't want company. Maybe I'd like to chat with a couple of friends while a goofy movie we've seen before is playing, so we can chat and crack jokes at the film.
 
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thomas040

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Why is there no live video/audio chat? What good is a watch party if you can't see the reactions on people's faces and hear their voices react in real time? Who's gonna stop to type?
Just make it work like in game audio/video.
 
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Lewis R

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Who the hell would want a load of people chatting through a movie? I mean seriously ?
 
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- rob -

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Why is there no live video/audio chat? What good is a watch party if you can't see the reactions on people's faces and hear their voices react in real time? Who's gonna stop to type?
Just make it work like in game audio/video.
I've found people don't generally do video and audio during the actual movie. Some will but mostly people will chat.

This makes it a bit hard for slow typists because many of the best jokes are timely to what's going on in the film.

Audio and video does matter before, after and during a bathroom break though. When I've hosted I'll usually introduce people who haven't met before at the start.

I have a group that I've does a costume contest during the bathroom break and people have a lot of fun then. It gets really competitive.
 
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