Discord hosts quite a number of bots, but these bots are useful for things like informing newcomers to a server about the rules. Some of these bots were also rather entertaining and could even play music from YouTube at the requests of users, but presumably due to licensing concerns, YouTube pulled the plug on them.
However, there is some good news because it seems that while the bots were pulled, it turns out that Discord and YouTube have been working on a partnership. According to a report from The Verge, both companies are testing out YouTube integration inside of the app. This new integration will result in a “Watch Together” feature which as the name implies, lets users in a Discord channel watch YouTube videos collectively.
According to The Verge, this was something Discord and YouTube were working on almost a year ago, but due to the bots being pulled, they have reprioritized it again. It’s actually a pretty cool feature and might be a better alternative to the screen sharing feature. This feature apparently will also allow the broadcaster to enable a remote button that lets other members of the server control playback.
There’s no word on when the feature will be rolled out, but apparently it is being tested on friends and family servers, but the beta is expected to expand in the coming weeks, with plans to eventually make it available to all users by the end of October.