Apr 14, 2020

Movie night just got an upgrade: Introducing Watch Parties

**Update: As of June 16, 2020,**we’ve released the feature to viewers worldwide. Prime Video content availability will vary, based on regional licensing agreements. Prime Video titles that are viewable by most Prime members on Twitch will include a “Broadly Available” badge in the Watch Parties catalog. Update: As of May 7, 2020, Watch Parties are now available for all creators in the United States. We expect to make it available globally in the coming months. We have also rolled out the Watch Parties catalog to let you stream any title available with your Prime Video membership.

Last October, we asked a small group of creators to help us test an early version of Watch Parties on Twitch, a new feature that brings creators and their communities together to enjoy a selection of popular movies and TV shows available on Prime Video including Amazon Originals. Since then, we’ve been hard at work gathering feedback and making changes to improve the experience including Picture-by-Picture format, so viewers can see and hear creator reactions in real time, as well as enabling Subs and Bits. 

During this time of uncertainty, we know how valuable shared experiences like Watch Parties are to our community. This is why we’ve decided to open the beta to all Twitch Partners in the United States with an active Prime membership and will make it available to all creators in the United States who are Amazon Prime members in the coming weeks.

We appreciate all the feedback we’ve received so far, and have heard the need to make Watch Parties available to our global community. This is a priority for our team, and we are working closely with our Prime Video counterparts to make Watch Parties available to creators and viewers who are Amazon Prime members worldwide over the coming months. New U.S. and global creators will receive an email notification when Watch Parties has been added to their Creator Dashboard.

The current version of Watch Parties includes a selection of movies and TV shows that were requested by the community including Amazon Originals such as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Hunters and Troop Zero as well as community favorites such as Star Trek, Survivor, Psych, and RWBY (volume 4, 5 and 6). We expect to expand and include the entire Prime Video SVOD on-demand catalog this year. Here is a list of titles available to watch today.

We want to thank our community for helping us improve the Watch Parties experience. Watch Parties are still a work in progress, and we look forward to your continued feedback. For more details on the feature and tips for getting started, check out the Watch Party help page.

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