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CES 2013: ooVoo unveils new 'Watch Together' YouTube feature

Video chat service ooVoo has unveiled a new tool at the Consumer Electronics Show that allows up to 11 users to watch YouTube videos together.

The new ooVoo feature, aptly dubbed "Watch Together," is currently only available for PC users through the ooVoo desktop app. Chat participants can play any YouTube video directly in the app by either searching for a specific clip, or picking from a list of trending videos. There's also a lineup of ooVoo-curated videos available for users to watch.

"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 find out what's new, and chat about it all in a fun way that everyone can enjoy," he added.

To access the feature, click the Watch Together icon located at the top of your contact list in the desktop version of ooVoo or at the bottom of your video chat window. Any member of the chat can start, stop, pause, and rewind a video, regardless of which friend initially selected it.

Other video-chat services have introduced similar features recently. For example, Google last June added multi-viewing functionality to its Google+ video chat feature, Hangouts. Facebook's video chat app, Airtime - created by Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning - also lets users watch YouTube videos together. Meanwhile, Skype last year released a version of its Mac software that lets paying subscribers simultaneously display live video alongside photos.