Discord has started testing Watch Together, a collaboration between YouTube and the popular chat service that allows users to watch YouTube videos together. The Verge reports. The move comes after legal action by Google shut down a number of Discord’s most popular user-created bots that were widely used for the same purpose.
The new feature has appeared on a small number of Discord servers today and is similar to Discord’s normal screen sharing, but with more specific YouTube integrations. Call hosts can queue a series of YouTube videos by finding or inserting a link to the original video, and can allow or prohibit other users of the call from adding their own videos.
The biggest difference between unofficial bots like Rythm and Groovy Discord, which had many of the same features, is that the official YouTube integration allows YouTube to play ads during the Discord watch party. “You may also see ads during YouTube videos,” a pop-up warns when users first access the tool. The pop-up also states that Watch Together “was developed by Discord but is supported by YouTube”.
The Verge reports that the new tool has started rolling out on friends and family servers, while Watch Together will be added to larger servers over the next few weeks. For now, you can test the tool in Discords Game Labs server if you want to see how it works
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