Hulu Begins Testing a Watch Party Feature

Hulu announced today that it will begin testing Hulu Watch Party, a social feature that will enable viewers to watch content virtually with others.

Hulu said “At Hulu, we recognize that watching your favorite shows and movies with loved ones is vital to feeling connected. As we continue to stay-at-home, we also wanted to help viewers stay engaged with friends and family outside their homes as well.”

Those who have access to the test will find the feature though a Watch Party icon on the Details page of shows and movies in Hulu’s on-demand library. They will then be given a link to invite their family and friends to join. A watch party can include up to 8 people, all of which must be subscribed to the Hulu (No Ads) plan. All members of a watch party must be 18 or older.

During a watch party, viewers can interact and react to the content with a chat function. Each user can also control their own content without disrupting the viewing for the rest of the group, so go ahead pause if you need to grab a snack or use the bathroom. You can rejoin by hitting a “Click to Catch Up” button when you’re ready to jump back in.

The feature is currently being tested on Hulu.com and with Hulu (No Ads) subscribers. The feature will be available for thousands of movies and shows in Hulu’s on-demand streaming library. Users can check if a title is available by looking for the “Watch Party” icon in the Details page.

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