Someone at ooVoo must like to party it up virtually, what with features like four-way video conferencing, 12-way chat and now the ability to watch YouTube videos with up to 11 of your internet pals. Oh-so-creatively called "Watch Together," the new feature is similar to what Google+ already offers with Hangouts but with a couple more people above G+'s max of 10. Chat participants can play any YouTube video directly in the application either by sharing the URL or by doing a keyword search for a particular clip. If you're at a loss as to what to watch, you can peruse a list of trending videos or an ooVoo-curated lineup. Anyone in chat can start, stop, pause and rewind the video, which could be good if you want to watch that awesome dance video over and over again. The feature is currently only available on the ooVoo PC app, though future mobile implementations aren't out of the question.
Social Video Chat ooVoo's New Watch TogetherTM Technology Lets Users Experience Viral Videos with Friends
Up To 11 Friends Can Video Chat, Interact With the Same Video Simultaneously
[CES 2013] LAS VEGAS & NEW YORK – JANUARY 8, 2013 – ooVoo, the largest independent social video chat provider with 64 million registered subscribers, announced today the release of Watch Together, a new free feature that allows up to 11 friends to select, interact and watch the same YouTube video together during a video chat. Watch Together delivers a multi- window, second-screen shared experience for ooVoo's social video chat users, allowing active participation by all engaged in the chat, regardless of which friend initially selects and plays the video.
Available initially for ooVoo's PC users through the ooVoo for Desktop, Watch Together brings the most advanced multi-window shared video features to users for connection and fun, including:
- The ability to play any YouTube video in the video chat, by any user
- Keyword search to easily find the right YouTube video while in an ooVoo video chat session
- Interaction with the video by any member of the chat, including start, stop, pause and rewind functions
- A display of YouTube trending videos for quick selection
- A custom curated roster of YouTube videos that are of interest to ooVoo users
ooVoo for Desktop provides industry-leading features for video chatters, including the option to record and send video messages, the ability to send instant messages to personal contacts on ooVoo as well as text chat in real-time as video chats are underway.
"We all remember that watching TV on the couch with our friends was the greatest way to get the most out of a show, and with Watch Together, we've launched a 'virtual couch' where friends can have that same fun wherever they may be," said Jay Samit, president of ooVoo. "ooVoo's Watch Together brings a second screen experience to friends and families that is unparalleled, letting them check out the latest, find out what's new, and chat about it all in a fun way that everyone can enjoy."
Available for PC, Mac and more than 240 iOS and Android mobile devices, ooVoo brings the highest quality experience, more flexibility and a wealth of social features to subscribers for free. Preferred by 8 out of 10 video chat users, ooVoo uses a cloud-based approach for more stability and a better picture quality than other services. ooVoo is a top 100 App in more than 130 countries worldwide.