Everybody is stuck home during this pandemic which has restricted many friends from catching up and hanging out. If you and your friends regularly hang out together and watch TV shows then it is probably quite difficult to do the same with all the restrictions that are in place.
Sure, you can use Netflix over Zoom, or use the Netflix Party extension, but they aren’t official means and at best decent workarounds. You might have come across other third-party solutions that allow you to watch your favorite content together remotely but they often pose the risk of leaking your details and misusing your streaming service account.
Thankfully, Hulu has come out with a new feature called Hulu Watch Party that lets you watch movies together with your SO or pals (via Tech Crunch). Let’s take an in-depth look at it.
- What is Hulu Watch Party?
- Do you need a browser extension for Hulu Watch Party?
- What do you require for a Hulu Watch Party?
- How to create a Hulu Watch Party?
- How to invite your friends to your Hulu Watch Party?
- How many people are allowed in the Hulu Watch Party?
- Does everyone attending the Watch Party need a Hulu subscription?
- Will Hulu Watch Party work with HBO Max?
What is Hulu Watch Party?
Hulu Watch Party is a new feature introduced by Hulu that allows you to watch your favorite show and movie together with your friends.
Unlike other services and features, Hulu Watch Party is completely integrated into the streaming service which eliminates the need for any extensions or external software. Hulu Watch Party even comes with an in-built chat feature that allows you to chat with all of your friends in real-time while watching your favorite show or movie.
Related: How to add HBO Max to Hulu
Do you need a browser extension for Hulu Watch Party?
No, while many other services require third party extensions and add ons, Watch Party is a completely native feature by Hulu. It does not require any additional add ons and works flawlessly right out of the box. This means that you can simply launch Hulu in your browser and host a Watch Party directly with your friends and family.
What do you require for a Hulu Watch Party?
You require a desktop-grade system be it PC or Mac and a paid Hulu account. This means that you either need to have the basic Hulu no-ads plan on higher.
Any plan that costs more than $12 is compatible with the new Watch Party feature. The basic plan with ads on the other hand does not support Hulu’s Watch Party feature.
How to create a Hulu Watch Party?
Note: This feature is under testing right now and Hulu says it won’t be available to many users just yet.
Launching a Watch Party with your friends and family is an exceptionally easy feature that requires only a few clicks. Start by browsing the Hulu library and finding the show or movie that you guys want to watch together.
Compatible content on Hulu will now have a ‘Watch Party’ icon within the details section of each show or movie. This will allow you to filter out shows and movies that are compatible with this new feature.
Click on the Watch Party icon and you will be given access to a sharable link. Share this link with your friends and family and they will be able to join your Watch Party by simply clicking on it.
How to invite your friends to your Hulu Watch Party?
Find the show or movie that you want to watch together with your friends and make sure that the video is Watch Party compatible.
Watch Party compatible TV shows and movies will have a Watch Party icon in their details section.
This icon will give you a sharable link that you can share with your friends. Your friends can then click on the link and join your Watch Party from their devices with ease.
How many people are allowed in the Hulu Watch Party?
Well, Hulu says up to 8 people can attend a Watch party.
Does everyone attending the Watch Party need a Hulu subscription?
Yes, everyone that wishes to take part in your Watch Party must be a Hulu subscriber with any plan that does not have ads. This means that users that are on the basic plan will need to upgrade their subscriptions to get access to the Watch Party feature.
Watch Party although it supports a huge library right out of the box, the more premium content offered by Hulu might not be compatible with this feature yet. Check for a Watch Party icon on the details page of each content listing. If a movie or TV show is missing this icon then you cannot watch it together with your friends using Watch Party.
Will Hulu Watch Party work with HBO Max?
Well, nope. Because you will need to use HBO Max app to watch its content, and not the Hulu app or web, you can’t make use of the Watch Party feature by Hulu in this case.
Think HBO will give you something to make watching movies together possible on HBO Max? For what it’s worth, HBO does let you have fun together via Scener Chrome extension, which works well for HBO Go and HBO Now right now. We are yet to confirm if it works already for HBO Max too.
We hope this guide helped you learn everything you needed to know about Hulu Watch Party. If you face any issues or have any questions for us, feel free to get in touch by using the comments section below