Parents' Guide to

Uptime - Watch videos together

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Co-viewing video idea falls short, lacks controls.

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While joint video viewing from afar sounds like a cool idea, the result feels like more of a "Why?" than a "Wow!" Uptime - Watch videos together is founded on the appealing idea of having a shared video-watching experience with your kids or your BFF or whoever you're missing at the moment, but it isn't really that. Instead, it's a sort of open, free-for-all viewing party without many people attending. You can't invite anyone specific to join you from within the app, so you'll have to send them a regular old text to get their attention. Worse, anyone else can join you while you're watching a video, and they can comment however they'd like. You can report poor behavior, but only if you can catch it before the perpetrator is off to find another viewing partner. And if you meet someone you want to get to know more, there's no way to communicate with them outside the shared video experience. While some people might enjoy this unique way of momentarily connecting with strangers, it isn't going to meet the needs of families who want to connect from afar. Paired with a clumsy interface, most families will want to pass on this one for now.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 16, 2017
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: Area 120
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: April 7, 2017

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