Disney is currently testing a new feature that will allow Disney Plus subscribers to create tiny private watch parties.
Screenshots of the feature first started to appear on the Disney Plus subreddit yesterday. Seen below, the feature seemingly allows up to six people to join the party. Another screenshot shows a new icon that appears on a film or TV show’s title page, prompting the GroupWatch function.
Disney confirmed that GroupWatch is currently being tested in Canada for select Disney Plus subscribers, though the company is expecting to roll out the feature to other markets this fall.
The new feature allows the subscribers to stream any film or television show on the platform.
Disney is far from the first to create a private viewing party option for subscribers. Amazon Prime Video rolled out a similar tool to its subscribers earlier this year, allowing for up to 100 people in one viewing session. Amazon’s feature, dubbed Watch Party, also allows anyone in the United States to co-stream thousands of titles, including both licensed series and films alongside originals. Prior to that, Amazon also rolled out Twitch Watch Parties, which allow Twitch streamers to host public viewing parties with their subscribers. The only catch is that everyone watching has to be an Amazon Prime member, and the title has to be available in their specific region.