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Hulu adds new ‘Watch Party’ feature. Here’s how to find it

Want to watch a Hulu show with your friends? Here’s what you’ll need to do

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This image released by Hulu shows Elisabeth Moss as Offred in a scene from the critically acclaimed, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globes will be announced on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (George Kraychyk/Hulu via AP)

Elisabeth Moss as Offred in a scene from “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

George Kraychyk, Hulu via The Associated Press

Hulu has added a new “Watch Party” feature — but it’s a little difficult to access for some.

What’s going on:

  • Hulu added a new feature for some users that allows them to watch a single show or film in an online group. The feature adds a chat function on the right side of the screen.
  • However, the feature is only available on Hulu.com in a web browser. Mobile viewers can not access it yet.
  • It’s only available for ad-free Hulu accounts, too. So you’ll need to sign up for that pricier plan if you want to watch a movie with your friends.
  • No voice chat or video option exist either.
  • Per Mashable, the Hulu feature isn’t available with every movie,. For example, “John Wick 3” doesn’t work with it. But recent programming does work.

How it works

  • To access the feature, visit the “details” page of any movie or television show you want to watch. Make a room and send out the link to your friends. There’s a button that allows people to click or pause the show when they need to leave and then resync it to match everyone else’s feed.

Some context

  • In March, a Google Chrome extension titled “Netflix Party” went viral for allowing people to connect online so they could watch movies together while the country was social distancing, as I reported for the Deseret News.