Facebook Messenger launches Watch Together so users can watch videos with friends and family together during the real-time conversation over video call and Messenger Rooms. This feature will help you feel together even when you’re not.
Every day there is more than 150 million video class on Messenger, and more than 200 million videos sent via Messenger, said Facebook. With this Watch Together feature Facebook wants you to spend quality time with friends and loved one feels as close to an in-person experience as possible. Whether it can be a trending video, movie, sports highlight, or Facebook Watch original, Watch Together allows you to watch your friends’ reactions at the same time.
At the launch time, Facebook partnered with celebrity fitness and author Melissa Alcantara to create a series of fitness videos to enable people to virtually work out with their friends and motivate each other to achieve their fitness goals. “According to a study conducted by Messenger in the US, 70% of people who work out with a partner have achieved a fitness goal in the past 6 months; only 45% of people who work out alone have done the same.”
To starts Watch Together, just start a Messenger video call or create a Messenger Rooms then swipe up to access the menu and select Watch Together (see the below image). From there you can select a video suggested for you or choose from a category such as “TV & Movies,” “Watched,” “Uploaded.” Eg. To start working out with Melissa and your friends, search for Melissa Alcantara within the Search bar of the Watch Together feature. Also, you can watch videos with up to eight people on Messenger video class and up to 50 people in Messenger Rooms.
Watch Together is rolling out globally this week in Messenger and Messenger Rooms on mobile for iOS and Android, and it’s free.