If you miss hosting a watch party with friends who can’t join you directly, you can use the Hulu Watch Party feature to gather up to seven additional friends together around one synchronized video feed.
Unlike Netflix, which can only be shared via a third-party browser extension called Netflix Party, the new Hulu feature is built directly into the platform. This feature is currently only available in ad-free packages. According to Hulu, the Watch Party feature is intended for people aged 18 years and over. Everyone who wants to watch Hulu’s ad-free plan and uses the Hulu website.
Not all content on Hulu can use this feature. To find out if a movie or TV show supports Watch Party (and to start the party), navigate to the “Details” page for the video you want to watch.
If the video can use the Watch Party feature, you will see an icon that resembles three humans and the play button to the right of the normal play button. Click this button and then confirm your age in the pop-up window to start the party.
If you don’t see this button, the video doesn’t support this feature or you don’t have an ad-free Hulu package. When released, this only works with the ad-free Hulu package.
After the Watch Party is launched, you will see a link in the middle of the screen that you can share with anyone who wants to join. Send it to everyone you want to watch the video.
After everyone is ready to leave, click “Start Party” and the video will start playing. It will stay in sync for everyone in the stream.
Hulu is the first big streaming company to release an official feature built in to watch with friends. This feature makes sharing with friends easier than ever before, although good Hulu prints make account holders responsible for the misuse or commercialization of unwanted products using this feature.