on Wednesday launched a co-watching feature in beta that lets customers tune into live programming with up to three other people. Watch Party also allows participants to connect via text and video chat.
The feature is currently available to existing Sling TV customers via Google Chrome web browsers on laptop and desktop computers. As part of a beta preview, guests can also join a Sling Watch Party by creating a free Sling TV account through Sept. 30.
Customers can choose from live or on-demand content in Sling Orange, Sling Blue, Sling Latino and Sling International services, or any Sling TV Extra, depending on their subscription. Each participant can control their own camera and the volume of streamed content and video chat streams. Sling customers hosting a Watch Party can manage controls including play, pause and rewind for on-demand programming.
Sling TV joins a handful of, including and , that have rolled out features allowing subscribers to watch programming together. These services have become especially popular as people continue to stay socially distant to help curb the spread of .