What is an Amazon Watch Party? New Prime Member Benefit

by Miles Jackson

Amazon Prime Watch Party

For most of us, we have been staying indoors more than usual, ugh! For many of us, that means streaming TV and movies. A great new feature might help take some of the sting out of quarantine.Amazon is giving Prime members the ability to watch television shows and movies on Prime Video, now with friends and family included! Amazon is doing this through its new Watch Party feature.

Currently only available in the United States, Amazon plans a slow roll-out of the benefit to global Amazon Prime Members. Watch Parties permit up to 100 viewers in one group. However, each viewer must have a US-based Amazon Prime subscription. Once a Watch Party session has begun, people have thousands of available titles, including originals and licensed shows and movies to select.

Prime Video’s Huge Catalog

Amazon Watch Party Prime Video Selections

Anything from the Amazon’s Prime Video US streaming video on demand catalog is available for a Watch Party session. Some of the best Amazon Prime originals include: Bosch, Carnival Row, Fleabag, Hanna, Homecoming, Hunters, Tales from the Loop, The Man In The High Castle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Undone – just to name a few!

Thousands of licensed titles are also available with an Amazon Prime subscription. However, movies and TV shows which are available for rent or purchase are not available to stream in a Prime Video Watch Party.

Amazon Watch Controls

Amazan Watch Party Overview

Watch Party hosts control such features as full synchronized playback plus chat feature to talk with all other viewing guests. Twitch, Amazon’s other streaming service, has a similar feature, and those video streams are open to the public. Anyone can join a Twitch creator’s viewing session.  In short, as long as a person has a Prime account they can see those videos. In contrast, Prime Video’s new Watch Party feature is completely private. A Watch Party host shares the viewing link with friends and family enabling people to click and join; similar to Zoom.

Prime Video Watch Parties are currently only available for desktop applications. Amazon did not announce if they are working on a mobile version. However, given the popularity of Amazon’s mobile devices, it seems a logical expectation.

Up in the Air Amazon Prime Video

The iconic Frequent Flyer’s movie

One of my favorite travel movies epitomizes the frequent flyer – Up in the Air. Available on Amazon’s Prime Video, it features George Clooney. “Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles.” -IMDB If you haven’t seen it, perhaps now is the perfect time as we dream of racking up those miles again!

Quarantine Distractions

In need of other distractions?

If you don’t have Amazon Prime yet, grab a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime and try for yourself! Chances are you’ll love it!

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Robert July 1, 2020 - 6:43 am

If everyone needs a prime account to join the party then wouldn’t they already have access to the content? So all they’ve done is add group chat and synced viewing capabilities? This isn’t exciting

Miles Jackson July 1, 2020 - 7:34 am

The appeal, according to Amazon, is being able to share the experience with friends and family simultaneously. During these sessions, shows can be paused, backed up and forwarded as needed to promote dialogue and sharing among the viewers.
Today, that seems more valuable than perhaps a few months ago.
Thanks for your feedback and for reading.


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