The BBC is the latest media company to let viewers watch together after announcing a trial of the feature on iPlayer during what would have been Glastonbury 2021.
Viewers using the web version of BBC iPlayer will see a button saying Watch With Friends under any programme from The Glastonbury Experience 2021 in the streamer’s Glastonbury collection.
They then click the Watch With Friends button which generates a link to share the moment with friends and play, pause, and rewind in sync with each other.
The trial is only available via the web version of BBC iPlayer, and follows the launch of BBC Together by the corporation’s R&D team last year.
Dan Taylor-Watts, director of product and systems on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds said: “As there’s no Glastonbury on again this year, our Watch With Friends feature will still enable music fans who want to get together virtually to enjoy amazing classic sets from years gone by, and the brilliant new Live at Worthy Farm performances.
“We’re excited to see how people use it – R&D’s BBC Together tool was a great proof of concept on how people could watch BBC programmes together in sync, and this new experiment will enable us to see what kind of appetite there is for a feature like this in iPlayer itself.”