Plex Launches Co-Watching Feature for iOS, Android, and Roku

Plex announced today the launch of its Watch Together feature, designed to allow users to watch content from the Plex library or their own personal content collection, with others.

With Watch Together, users can find a movie or episode they want to watch with others, invite friends through Plex, and let the platform sync the content for everyone in the watch party. There is no max number of people who can join in, but Plex says that the number will depend on the server hardware and the internet connection of the people watching. Unlike the Hulu Watch Party that launched earlier today, one person can control the entire viewing experience for everyone with the Plex feature. When one person pauses or skips ahead on the stream, it will affect all of the users watching.

What sets the Plex feature apart from other services is that users can co-watch on-demand content from Plex, but can also share their own uploaded content.

“Watch Together works with both our free on-demand movies and TV shows and content from your personal media library. So now your whole extended family can re-watch old videos of your kids playing sportsball even though your parents are thousands of miles away,” Plex said in a blog post.

Right now, the Plex Watch Together feature is supported on Apple and Android platforms. Support for Roku was also added today, with other platforms to follow. During the testing phase, the feature will be available for all Plex users, not just those with a paid Plex Pass subscription. Later, it will only be available for those with a paid subscription.

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