YouTube and Discord Are Working Together on something Users will appreciate

Published 09/24/2021, 6:22 AM EDT


A few days back, Rythm and Groovy were being removed from Discord that made several users upset. YouTube sent a notice to both these third-party plugins, demanding operations were shut down, and this news had disappointed many. And Rythm shut down on September 15 and Groovy shut down on August 30.

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While this might be one sad piece of news for many, YouTube is trying to make up for this loss by integrating with Discord. YouTube is currently testing a feature that will allow members of a server to watch videos together.

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Discord to integrate with YouTube

As per Verge’s report, this feature is set to be called Watch Together and will provide an experience quite similar to sharing screens and broadcasting on Discord servers. The Watch Together button will appear right next to the video and screen, sharing options, and it will allow members to paste their links or even create a playlist of their favorite videos.

There is also a toggle button that allows the other members of the server to control playback.

This might not act as the best substitute for Groovy and Rythm, but users can definitely stream music through this feature. However, users may have to endure YouTube ads during the playback; Discord warns users about ads being played before streaming through this feature.

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This is a strategic move to use ads and revenue opportunities for Google; Google had sent legal notices to both Groovy and Rythm. Both these third-party plugins shut down their operations and Google forced them to go offline within days of sending legal notices.

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The feature is rolling out on just selected Discord servers in a beta format. But it is expected to be available soon on every server by the end of October. Interested users can test this feature out in Discord’s Game Labs server where it is currently live at the moment.

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Siddid Dey Purkayastha

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Siddid Dey Purkayastha is an eSports author for EssentiallySports and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree from Christ (Deemed to be University). He has always been into gaming since the ripe age of 9 and never looked back since. Apart from his deep love for narrative driven or campaign based games, he also loves casually playing online games such as Valorant, Fortnite, FIFA Ultimate Team, Warzone and GTA Online.

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