Watch Together: An Overview

Learn how Maestro's "Watch Together" feature works.

What is Watch Together?

Watch Together is an engagement tool that allows viewers to create private video chat rooms of up to 6 participants right alongside the stream.

Once inside the Watch Together room, viewers can invite friends using a simple invite code or link. This enables everyone inside the room to watch the event and communicate with each other in real-time.

This panel works seamlessly through the viewers' browsers, using user-granted camera and microphone permissions. Within the room, viewers can disable their cameras or mute themselves at their discretion. Similarly, hosts are able to remove participants from the room if needed.

Watch Together uses peer-to-peer technology, so there are no Maestro servers involved. Instead, the users’ browsers encode/decode audio and video and send it between each other. Users’ computers and bandwidth have a lot of impact on the performance of this feature.

To add this feature to your plan, please email sales@maestro.io for pricing and the next steps. 

NOTE: Watch Together is a desktop-only experience and is not available for mobile viewers.

How Watch Together Works: Video Tutorial

Check out this video tutorial to see how Watch Together looks in action.

Watch Together FAQ

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Watch Together feature on Maestro.

 

How do I get Watch Together added to my Maestro site?

You can request this feature with a support ticket or by reaching out to your Customer Success Manager. Once approved, the feature will be automatically added to your Library (found in the sidebar panel.)

Does Watch Together have a cost?

Yes, it costs $.10 per viewer hour. This is specifically time spent within Watch Together and is not included in the overall viewer hours.

Can you create the codes in advance?

No, only the host can create the code at the time of use. 

Can you meet new people in Watch Together?

Yes, you can. If you drop the code into the Chat and ask people to join you, you can meet new people who are also participating in the chat.

Can the host of the Watch Together party mute others?

No, Watch Together is not meant to have the functionality of a "breakout room." 

Can you create your own chat room for your Watch Together group?

No, Watch Together only allows verbal communication at this time.

I am having trouble creating or joining a room. What can I do to troubleshoot?

In order to join or create a room, please ensure the device has a camera and microphone connected and available. After accepting the prompt to share the camera and microphone, try refreshing the screen if you are still having trouble.

Can I adjust the volume of the main live stream content from within Watch Together?

No, the volume can only be adjusted on the main video player controls. Additionally, there is no way to balance audio between the main video and Watch Together.