The world may still be facing social gathering restrictions, but a new Disney Plus feature will at least let us watch together virtually instead.
Disney Plus GroupWatch lets up to seven subscribers watch the streaming service together over the internet in their respective homes. A GroupWatch icon appears on the show or film's title page, letting you start you own mini viewing party. Synchronised playback means that each subscriber can pause, play, rewind or pause for the whole group, and emoji reactions can be shared in the mobile app.
GroupWatch was first tested in Canada in September, according to The Verge, but it's now rolling out to other regions – including the UK.
Amazon Prime Video already allows up to 100 subscribers to watch the same content together, while the Netflix Party add-on gives Netflix a similar feature. This kind of feature has enormous potential, especially given the current pandemic is making it difficult, impossible or undesirable to meet up in person. You'll just have to provide your own popcorn.