You can use unofficial Google Chrome extensions like Netflix Party and Disney Plus Party to watch those streaming networks with your pals, or you can turn to sites like TwoSeven and Scener that bundle a handful of different streaming services into one group streaming UI.
Scener is unique among its peers in that it partnered with HBO near the beginning of the pandemic in the United States, making it the "official" way to group watch HBO content despite also offering Netflix, Hulu, and a bundle of other options.
We reached out to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney to ask if they had plans to introduce official group streaming features or expand their existing ones.
You might need to memorize which streaming services work with which group watch apps, much like how you have to memorize which shows and movies are on which services right now.
The worst-case scenario would be companies like Netflix putting barriers around their content by creating their own hardware for group streaming, which could be expensive and exclusionary.
Hulu and Amazon Prime Video have led the charge with their own official group streaming apps.
Ideally, we won’t have to rely on group streaming to watch classics with our friends once the pandemic fades.
Whether it’s out of necessity or not, group streaming can and arguably should factor into the future of on-demand entertainment. is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company.
Roku may not implement group streaming at the system level because a company like TwoSeven or Scener could step in with a TV-compatible app of their own.
With COVID-19 canceling in-person movie nights for the time being, it’s unfortunate that group streaming technology for the socially distant equivalent isn’t outstanding.
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