Since gathering with friends to watch television is still mostly frowned upon, Hulu is rolling out an option to virtually watch together.
Starting this week, Hulu is testing a “watch party” feature that lets viewers watch content at the same time no matter how far apart they are. Right now, it’s only available to subscribers who have the no-ad version on Hulu.com and it’s only for on-demand content.
What’s the advantage of a watch party? You can chat in real-time with any number of people and you can pause your own feedback if you need a break. When you return, you can click “catch up” to get to where everyone else is.
There have been third-party apps that accomplished this same thing on Netflix and HBO, but this is the first time this feature is official on Hulu. Watch parties were a growing trend even before quarantines went into effect, so it’s nice to see a service give users the option.
To start a Hulu watch party, navigate to your chosen content, click the “Watch Party” icon and select friends to invite.