The Covid19 pandemic changed a lot of things in our lives. In particular, it has become much more difficult and dangerous to spend time with loved ones and friends. This is especially true for activities like going to the movies. However, if you want to watch a movie or a favorite show with your friends, Hulu will give you that opportunity.
Hulu’s streaming service offers its users such a service as Hulu Watch Party. It’s a service for watching movies together online. You can join your friends in a “virtual room” and watch your favorite Hulu shows together. It’s pretty easy to do.
What is Hulu Watch Party
Hulu Watch Party is a special feature in Hulu that allows multiple users to synchronize their video and audio. You can then watch movies or TV shows with your loved ones remotely.
In addition, you have the possibility to participate in Watch Party even with those who share your account. The only limitation for creating and participating in Watch Party is for users under 18 years old. This means that if you have an account that says you are under 18 years old, then you cannot create or participate in a Watch Party.
This feature is not unique and many other services have similar services. In order to use this feature, you will just need to have a valid Hulu account. You can choose any of the many Hulu plans that work best for you.
How can you create or join Hulu Watch Party
It’s pretty easy to use Hulu’s content sharing feature. You need a supported device and browser. After that, you need to:
- Go to the Hulu.com home page and sign in to your account.
- Find the film you want in the list and go to the Details page.
- This is where you need to find the co-watching icon. It looks like a round button with silhouettes of three people.
- Click Start Party.
- In the end, select the chain icon to share the link you want to send to other people you want to invite to the party.
To join a Watch Party, you just need to click on the link the party host sends you. If your account is not registered as an under-18 account, you’ll automatically join the co-watch.
What devices are available for Hulu Watch Party
If you use the Hulu app on your smartphone, set-top box, or any other compatible device, you may find that you don’t have the Watch Party icon. This is because this feature is new and is only available in the web version of the app. This means that you can only access Hulu Watch Party using the browser on your device. However, the Hulu service has a few system requirements for your computers:
- You need to have a device with Mac OS X 10.13 or above, Microsoft Windows 10, or Windows 11, and Chrome OS.
- The latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
- HTML5 enabled.
You may also use other browsers or operating systems. This list is a recommendation from Hulu that has definitely been tested and works well. As you can see the system requirements are not too high, you have a very weak PC and Hulu works correctly on your device.
How many people can join Watch Party
Hulu has set a limit on the number of users who can join your Watch Party. Hulu Watch Party is limited to 8 people. They can communicate with each other using a text chat system. No one forbids you to call each other e.g. on Discord to chat live while watching a movie.
If for you the limit of 8 people is too small and you want to include even more people in the viewing, then there are a few loopholes. For example, you can use Discord to stream Hulu and other users can watch the show with you. In that case, however, you’ll have to accept a slight delay.
In a similar way, you can stream Hulu using FaceTime Call on your iOS or tvOS device. In General, you can stream your screen with Hulu enabled in any app that supports streaming your screen.
What shows you can watch with Hulu Watch Party
Another question that arises for those who are going to use Hulu Watch Party is what shows they can watch using this feature.
There is no complete list of supported shows. However, most of the content in Hulu’s streaming service supports this feature. When you watch a preview of a show, you will see the Watch Party icon. This means that the show supports this feature. You will have to check the desired show manually.
There are also many original Hulu shows that support this feature. Just search for the movie you want and you’ll see all the information about it in previews.