Coming together to see a favorite show or movie is a difficult affair in the face of an ongoing global pandemic. This is why Plex, Movies Anywhere, Hulu, and others created a solution for virtual watch parties. And now Facebook is joining the television revolution and calling its attitude Watch Together.
At startup, up to 8 people can use Messenger Watch Together at the same time. If you jump into a messenger room, you can set up a group of 50 people. Watch Together is based on Facebook Watch. You can enjoy the original programs, live streams, user uploads, creator content, and finally music videos from Facebook.
Unlike other settings on this topic, Facebook’s Watch Together has built-in video chat so you can see and hear each other while your content is playing. Depending on your network speed, everything should be synchronized with each other so that your reactions stay relatively timed.
You have to go to the messenger or a messenger room, not the Facebook watch area, to get started. Then select the Watch Together option (coming soon) and choose something to watch. Since everyone should be in the chat before the show starts, you can vote together.
According to Facebook, the feature is free to use and rolled out to Android and iOS later this week.