Disney+ removes popular feature as subscribers rage 'there's no reason to keep it now' | The Sun

DISNEY+ has removed one of its most popular viewing features, and viewers won't be impressed by the recent change.

Fans can no longer use the GroupWatch feature as Disney+ makes its latest change on the streaming platform.

The feature was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic and allowed streaming service users in different locations to watch TV shows and movies simultaneously.

It proved popular amongst viewers as the country was in lockdown, and people were advised to social distance.

However, the feature no longer appears to be available on the platform.

In place are links directing users to the main homepage, with no trace of the beloved feature.

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A notice on the help centre via ComicBook confirmed: "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."

An 'X'(Twitter) account called What's on Disney Plus reposted a Disney+ article regarding the feature change and quoted: "Disney+ Removes GroupWatch Feature."

Fans were in disbelief as they replied to the post, with one user saying: "Why the hell would they do that?! Just because it was mostly used back in 2020 with the pandemic doesn't mean it doesn't have its uses anymore.

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"It's literally for friends watching across the world in different households! That's not just a Covid issue, it's geometry!"

Another agreed: "My husband has a remote job, and we kept Disney so we could #groupwatch together when we are apart.

"With Disney content spiralling downhill, we see no reason to keep it."

A third added: "LOL, it's like they don't want subscribers."

A fourth added: "I've actually been using it because I'm on Discord. We do like movie nights well, I guess we won't be doing that anymore."

A fifth quizzed: "Not sure to understand why they get rid of their competitive advantage. Probably not compatible with the hunt for account sharing?"

This isn't the only change the streamer has made recently, with several new change-ups, including the introduction of an ad-supported tier priced at £4.99 a month that is set to launch in November.

Disney boss Bob Iger has also implied that the streaming giant plans to crack down on password sharing and is "actively exploring ways" to do so like their rival Netflix.

He said: "Later this year, we will begin to update our subscriber agreements with additional terms on our sharing policies" (via USA Today).

With many changes to be made in the foreseeable future by Disney+, most recently, they celebrated a new 2023 record.


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The new Pixar movie Elemental became the most-viewed movie premiere of the year and has set a record for the streamer since being released on the platform last week.

The animated feature is now one of Disney+'s top ten biggest movie premieres, reaching 26.4 million views in its first five days on the site.

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