Disney+ GroupWatch lets you stream shows and movies with friends

After a few weeks of testing in Canada and other territories, Disney+ is officially launching its GroupWatch feature in the U.S. today, making the Disney-owned streaming service the latest to join the watch party craze.

Up to seven people can join a Disney+ watch party, with the feature supported across all Disney+ platforms, including iOS, Android, and web browsers, as well as streaming players and smart TVs with the Disney+ app.

GroupWatch will be available for the entire Disney+ library, but all members of the watch party must be Disney+ subscribers. Disney+ costs $6.99 a month.

To launch a GroupWatch, you just tap or click the GroupWatch icon on the Details page for a Disney+ movie or TV show. GroupWatch invitations can only “originate” from a web browser or a phone, but once the invitations have been sent, you can watch from any streaming device or a smart TV.

Each member of a Disney+ GroupWatch can pause, play, rewind, or fast forward the video, but interacting with co-watching friends is limited to just six emoji: “Like,” “Funny,” “Sad,” “Angry,” “Scared,” and “Surprised.”

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Members of a Disney+ GroupWatch session can pause, play, rewind, and fast-forward the video, and they can also interact with emojis.

Disney+ started testing GroupWatch in Canada on September 10, then expanded the test to Australia and New Zealand about a week later. For now, the official GroupWatch launch is only happening in the U.S., although Disney+ says it will bring the feature to Europe later this fall.

With GroupWatch, Disney+ joins such streaming services as Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Plex, Movies Anywhere, and Sling TV to roll out a watch party mode. Netflix is a notable watch party holdout, although there are plenty of third-party co-watching solutions that fill the void.

Sling TV, which launched its watch party mode just last week, stands apart from the pack by allowing co-watching friends to interact via picture-in-picture video chat, although it only allows four people in a watch party at a time. Amazon Prime Video and Hulu offer both text chat and emotes but no video chat, while Plex doesn’t support any interaction at all.

How to watch the Carabao Cup: Tottenham vs Chelsea

The Carabao Cup was one of the very few competitions to be unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic during the 2019-20 season, with Man City being crowned champions on 1 March.  

However, it’s a different story this time around, despite the final being scheduled for late February. The EFL Cup is subject to the same stringent health and safety measures as the rest of English football, which include regular testing and matches behind closed doors. 

More than ever, then, we’ll be relying on the TV to get our football fix. 

While you’ll need to pay to watch the Carabao Cup in the UK, there are now three different ways to catch the action. Here’s everything you need to know. 

How to watch the Carabao Cup on Sky Sports

Sky Sports has the rights to show all 183 games live, but it picks and chooses the best ties, particularly in the early rounds. 

Sky Q customers with a Sky Sports package can also tune into games on TV or online via Sky Go.

The cheapest standalone plan currently costs £18 a month, or you can get all the Sky Sports channels at a reduced price of £23pm for 18 months. See the full range of subscriptions on the Sky website

How to watch the Carabao Cup on Now TV

If you don’t want to commit to a Sky contract and satellite dish on your house, that’s not a problem. The Sky-owned Now TV streaming service is a great alternative. 

Now TV is available on a wide range of devices including smartphones and games consoles and now offers HD quality if you buy the Now TV Boost option.

Your options are a Day Pass (24 hours of access) from £9.99 but it’s going to make much more sense to get the Month Pass if you plan to watch every weekend.

It’s normally £33.99pm but Sky has an offer on for the start of the season meaning you can get it for £25pm for 12 months.

You can stream on up to two devices, or three if you get Now TV Boost.

Click here to view Now TV’s Sky Sports Pass packages

How to watch the Carabao Cup on carabaocup.live

New for the 2020-21 season, carabaocup.live is the official streaming site of the Carabao Cup. It’s got the biggest selection of games on offer, usually most of the ties that Sky Sports has chosen not to broadcast.

After signing up, you can purchase an HD live stream of any match listed for a set fee of £10. Just head to the website now to get started. 

Carabao Cup fixture list

There’s a full guide to all the upcoming Carabao Cup fixtures on the EFL website. There are some great ties to look forward to in the 4th round, with all times listed for the UK:

Tonight

  • Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea – 7.45pm – Sky Sports

Tomorrow

  • Newport vs Newcastle – 5.30pm – Sky Sports
  • Burnley vs Man City – 7pm – carabaocup.live
  • Brighton vs Man Utd – 7.45pm – Sky Sports
  • Everton vs West Ham – 7.45pm – carabaocup.live

Thursday

  • Brentford vs Fulham – 5.30pm – Sky Sports
  • Aston Villa vs Stoke – 7pm – carabaocup.live
  • Liverpool vs Arsenal – 7.45pm – Sky Sports

How to watch the Carabao Cup abroad

If you’re a British viewer living abroad (or planning to travel at some point) and you still want to watch using your existing UK services, then you can also use a VPN to ‘browse from the UK’ and access both your Sky Sports and Now TV subscriptions. 

Nord VPN is one of our top recommendations, but you can check out our best VPN chart, which shows you some of the best services for accessing UK content from abroad. 


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How to turn off replies on Twitter

Twitter has introduced a new feature where you can decide which people are allowed to respond to your tweets. This doesn’t make your account private, so people will still be able to see what you post, but it will make those unwanted contributions from strangers a thing of the past. We show you how to turn off replies on Twitter.

Why should I turn off my Twitter replies?

For the most part, Twitter is a great place to share your thoughts, connect with others and catch up on breaking news, but there is also a darker side. It’s not uncommon for people to chip in with insults or unhelpful comments to something you’ve posted, and in some instances this can become a lot nastier with pile-ons (masses of people coming after you for something you’ve said) now a regular occurrence if you stray into the realms of today’s more contentious issues.

The ability to restrict these mob attacks or curtail voices that are only there to wind you up will be a blessed relief for many. But you should also be aware that the setting is something of a blunt tool, so you won’t receive any of the positive messages of support from the general public that you may have elicited in the past.

Therefore, you’ll need to decide for yourself whether the good and the bad is better than nothing at all.

Of course, if you find yourself the victim of harassment or aggressive behaviour, you should go to the Twitter help page that outlines how you can report abuse on the platform. 

How do I turn off replies in Twitter?

One thing to note before we explain the process, is that Twitter doesn’t offer a universal setting where all of your Tweets are protected from replies. Instead, you make the choice for each individual tweet as you write them. So, if you think a certain post is likely to generate a bit of heat, you can turn off the replies or limit them to people you know, whereas with all your others you can leave them open.

Maybe in the future this will appear as an option, but for the time being you’ll need to remember to check before you tap Send.

To use the feature, open Twitter and tap the quill icon to create a new tweet. On the next page, you’ll see the usual space for your text, a row for photos, then a new row that says Everyone can reply. This is the default setting that leaves everything the way it’s always been. To change it, tap the text and you’ll see a new menu appear entitled Who can reply?

How to turn off replies on Twitter: Change the Settings

There are three options available Everyone, People you follow and Only people you mention. Each does pretty much what it says, so if you leave it as Everyone, then things behave in the traditional Twitter manner. Select People you follow, and you’ll only see responses from those in your circle, then finally there’s Only people you mention which limits things directly to any users who appear in the actual tweet. Essentially the latter is like a public version of a direct message.

With the suitable tier selected, you can send your tweet safe in the knowledge that your conversation won’t be hijacked by any unwelcome visitors.

If you want to exert more control over your Twitter account, also take a look at how to change your Twitter name and how to block someone on Twitter


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