Disney+ removes popular viewing feature

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Disney+ has removed its popular GroupWatch feature from its site.

The tool has allowed users of the streaming service in different locations to watch TV shows and movies together at the same time.

However, the feature no longer appears to be available, with no trace of it on the website and links directing users to the main homepage.

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A notice on the help centre confirms (via ComicBook): "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 on Disney+, and as part of recent updates, the GroupWatch feature was removed."

The feature was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, and proved popular as people were locked down and socially distancing.

Disney+ has had a number of change-ups recently, notably the introduction of an ad-supported tier that is set to launch in November and is priced at £4.99 a month.

Disney boss Bob Iger has also hinted that the company plans to crack down on password sharing, and is "actively exploring ways" to do so like rival Netflix.


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He added that "later this year we will begin to update our subscriber agreements with additional terms on our sharing policies" (via USA Today).

In other Disney+ news, new Pixar movie Elemental has set a new 2023 record for the streamer since its release on the platform last week, becoming the most-viewed movie premiere of the year.

The animated feature has hit 26.4 million views in its first five days on the site, and is now also one of Disney+'s 10 biggest movie premieres ever.

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