Facebook Messenger’s New Feature Will Allow You and Your Friends to Watch Videos Together
Last year we got the Watch Party feature of Facebook that allows users to watch videos in a Facebook Group in sync. They can react to the videos, and comment on them together. Now, Facebook Messenger is trying to incorporate a similar code to bring this feature to your chats. A web developer Ananay Arora (the founder of deadline management app Timebound as well as a mobile investigator in the style of frequent TechCrunch tipster Jane Manchun Wong) was first to notice that a new code added to Messenger is similar to the one used for Watch Party Feature. This means Facebook Messenger is currently testing how it will work out before updating the app.
The code describes how Messenger will allow you to “tap to watch together now” and “chat about the same videos at the same time” with chat thread members receiving a notification that a co-viewing is starting. “Everyone in this chat can control the video and see who’s watching,” the code explains.
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According to the spotted code snippets, “Watch Video Together” feature functions just like the Watch Party. All you are supposed to do is share a video in Messenger and your friend(s) will be notified in your Messenger thread. You can then watch the video at the same time. For starters, Facebook is only going to support videos posted on Facebook. This means this will not work for Netflix. Since YouTube is a partner of Facebook we can expect YouTube videos to work with this feature. But, maybe it is updated to include other platforms later as well. We can only be hopeful. Just imagine, movie night with a friend who lives miles apart.
According to sources, Facebook has not given many details about the work and referred to it as an “internal test”. This means Facebook itself cannot be sure if they will release the feature at all. But, the Watch Together feature will probably be introduced given that Facebook has already pulled it for Facebook Groups. You can co-view videos with a friend, instead of watching them alone. Maybe that will make you feel a little less lonely.