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Disney+ has axed a key feature, here’s what’s been removed

Say goodbye to watching content with others on the mouse's streamer.

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Following being locked indoors away from a certain virus and with people living further away from one another, group watching has skyrocketed in popularity on streaming platforms.

These features let you virtually watch a show with someone else, syncing your pauses – just like you’re in the same room. But it seems Michael the Mouse has had enough socialising, as Disney+ is axing its popular GroupWatch feature.

As explained on the Disney+ help center, “As of September 18, 2023, the GroupWatch feature will no longer be available on Disney+. We’re always working to deliver the best product experience, and as part of recent updates, the GroupWatch feature was removed.”

It’s unclear exactly why the feature got the axe, but you won’t find it on the streaming platform any longer. This comes after a change to pricing tiers earlier this year, limiting features for existing subscribers that don’t upgrade. It looks like the house of mouse is starting to crack down on its streaming service.

If you’re still keen to watch your favourite shows with others, there are other streaming platforms with similar features. Amazon Prime offers watch parties, and there are external tools that work with Netflix. But to get your Disney+ fix with others, you might need to take matters into your own hands. You can consider using video call options or Apple’s SharePlay.

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Connor is a writer for Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website. He has been writing for around seven years now, with writing across the web and in print too. Connor has experience on most major platforms, though does hold a place in his heart for macOS, iOS/iPadOS, electric vehicles, and smartphone tech. Just like everyone else around here, he’s a fan of gadgets of all sorts! Aside from writing, Connor is involved in the startup scene. This exciting involvement puts him at the front of new and exciting tech, always on the lookout for innovating products.

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