The latest app for adding shared videos is Facebook Messenger. The company today announced Watch Together, a new feature in the messaging app that lets you view videos from Facebook Watch while viewing your friends’ live videos at the same time. It will roll out globally on iOS and Android starting today.
To use the feature on a video call or messenger room, swipe up and tap the new Watch Together option. Facebook suggests videos for you to watch, or you can browse categories or search for a specific video. You can view a Messenger video call with up to eight people or up to 50 people in a Messenger room.
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Video sharing is possibly the most popular new app feature of 2020. Disney Plus launched its own version of GroupWatch on Friday after Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Twitch. Third-party apps like Scener allow users to view multiple different services at the same time. Scener includes HBO.
However, there are significant differences between Watch Together and these apps. All of them have much larger and more popular content libraries than Facebook Watch, which has a somewhat confusing collection of original series, live events, music videos, creator content, and a small number of Hollywood movies. (Fruitvale Station and Dear whitesboth of which are excellent will be available at launch.)
Other shared video solutions can generally be used on the larger screen of the laptop or desktop, while Watch Together requires viewing video on the smaller screen of the cellphone. However, you can use Watch Together in either portrait or landscape orientation.
Chudnovsky said early testing found the feature to be popular, especially with next-generation users who may not yet have access to their own laptops. “The younger you are, the more you like it,” he said.