Sling is the first live streaming TV service to let you video chat with friends
- Sling TV has launched a watch party feature that lets you video and text chat while sharing the same show.
- Can tune up to three friends at once.
- It is now available on your computer using Chrome.
Do you want to bring your friends to watch a big football game despite the plague? Sling TV thinks you can still – it is Launch that Watch the party Beta feature that lets you video and text chat with up to three other people while you’re tuning in with the same live or on-demand show. Sling said this was the “first” in the live television space.
The host can control the playback again, and each viewer can control their camera and volume levels. You can choose from a variety of packages and accessories via Sling TV and start an hour-long party live.
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Beta is now available via Chrome on the web. By signing up for a Sling TV account, guests can join parties between now and September 30, so you’ve not even have to pay your friends if you act fast.
While relying on access to cameras for video chat, Sling did not say how soon the watch party could reach other browsers or platforms. Don’t expect to join parties on your console, at least not for a while.
Services like Disney Plus and Anywhere Movies have already introduced shared viewing, but they usually only allow limited interaction with your friends and focus on pre-recorded movies and TV. This gives your friends a real presence and allows them to join in on sports and other live broadcasts. It’s not entirely made for empty seats on the couch, but you will feel a strong sense of togetherness until it is safe to reunite in person.