Marta J. October 20, 2019
Streamers have been looking for effective ways to watch content alongside their audience for a long while now. Their wish is coming true with Watch Parties, an upcoming feature of Prime Video.
Content creator Travis Shreffler shared screenshots of an email sent to select Twitch streamers. The screenshots detail how streamers will have the ability to watch Prime Video movies and TV shows together with their viewers on-stream, functionally bringing the two services together. Twitch users will need to have a Prime Video subscription in order to participate.
Those streamers can opt into having early access to the feature in order to test it and provide Amazon with feedback on how to improve it. As Watch Parties comes closer to release, more streamers will be added to the trial run.
At launch, Watch Parties will only be available in the United States, and it will have a limited selection of shows and movies that will expand over time. Some of the titles included at the start are Pokemon, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, and Mission: Impossible Fallout.
Twitch streamers and users alike were excited over the news, but there are numerous potential pitfalls ahead for this service.
The Twitch audience has been generally resistant to the idea of putting streams behind paywalls, with the introduction of subscriber-only streams earlier this year generating some controversy. Regional restrictions are also likely to force streamers to be quite choosy with what they watch. Streaming services often have varied offerings in different regions, which could cause some issues.
Watch Parties marks a continuation of Amazon's efforts to mobilize gamers into subscribing to Prime. Recently, Amazon Prime started offering in-game rewards to mobile gamers alongside the standard Twitch Prime offering.
No information has been released regarding when the service will go live for all users, or when new series will be made available for the service.