What do friends do when they want to catch up on a show or a movie together during a pandemic? Plex has a new solution for you, thanks to a new “Watch together” function. Invite your friends with a link, and it all syncs for you. You can watch Plex’s on-demand service or your personal media.
Watch Together is an experimental beta feature of Plex, and for now, it’s completely free – no Plex Pass required. Plex does not hesitate to say “for now” on this last song, which could change later. It is also somewhat bare at the moment; you won’t find any chat functionality, video calls, or anything like that. You will need to provide your own Zoom or Google Hangouts solution.
But it works with all Plex on demand content and media that you have on a Plex server. Just choose a movie or episode to watch, and click on the “Watch Together” button to select your connected friends or invite someone to become your friend. Plex does not have a strict limit on the number of people who can currently co-monitor, but your server can get bogged down if too many people are watching.
Anyone watching can pause or play the feed for everyone, so when Jim needs (again) a biobreak, he’ll be sure to, and you can grab more popcorn. You will find support for Watch Together on Apple platforms (iOS and tvOS), Android and Roku platforms. Plex says it is working on supporting web streaming and other platforms for the future.
But if you have one of the supported platforms, you can start using Watch Together today. And if you’re not a Plex user, but subscribed to Hulu, it today announced similar functionality as well as.