As much as I love watching my favorite TV shows and movies alone, nothing compares to the feeling when you are watching in a group. Be it waiting anxiously for a horror movie to end or sighing in happiness when you watch a romantic comedy, watching movies in a group is still worth it all. However, these days, when social distancing is the order of the day, it seems we will have to wait a lot more for such movie nights. But worry not, for we have a beautiful workaround in the form of Chrome extensions if you want to watch Netflix together with friends.
In this post, we are going to explore two Chrome extension which lets you binge on your favorite movies and documentaries with your friends, but smartly. And well, like most modern tools, setting this app is as easy as pie.
So, what are we waiting for? Let's get started.
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How to Setup and Watch Netflix Together with Netflix Party
Netflix Party is the first extension you should try. However, it's available only for Google Chrome on desktops or laptops. Once you have installed Netflix Party, you will see a handy NP icon at the upper-right corner of your Chrome browser. As you may have expected, it will only stay enabled only when it detects if Netflix is running in the background. Else, it will stay disabled.
Now, let's see how to watch movies using this nifty Chrome extension.
Step 1: Once you have installed Netflix Party, open the movie or TV show that you want to watch. Next, click on the NP-icon at the top and you will see the option to start the party.
At the same time, you can check the 'Only I have control' box. That will ensure that only you will have the control to play or pause the movie/TV show.
Step 2: After that, click on the Start the Party button. That will generate a link, which you can share with your party buddies.
Quite naturally, the person on the other end will need a Netflix account and the said extension to join the party. So, what's the difference?
Well, for starters, you get to watch your favorite movies and TV shows in sync. That means no more spoilers and plot reveal. You can plan and watch the shows just as you did before. Only this time, it will be separate systems/laptops.
Apart from the above, there's the provision for a live chat on the right side. So, if your friends want to pause the show, they can quickly put in the request for you to see.
While Netflix Party sets a default name and avatar for you, you can always go ahead and change it.
To do, click on your avatar at the upper-right corner, and you'll see the option to enter a new name.
Once done, click on the little avatar icon and you will be greeted with at least 20 new avatars.
Isn't that Goofy avatar adorable?
At a time, Netflix Party lets you join over 1,000,000 people. So even if you have a large group, you can rest assured and go about your bingeing session.
Are there any Limitations?
So, are there any limitations? For now, Netflix Party is available for Chrome users. So yeah, all your movie night buddies might have to switch over from Firefox or Edge to join the party.
Secondly, even if you have a mini-movie night going on, there isn't an option for video chat. Yep, no option to enable the webcam.
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Alternative Extension: Metastream
Another cool Chrome extension that you can try out is Remote. It works by syncing your Netflix content with your viewers.
The primary highlight of Metastream is that it's just not limited to Netflix. You can also stream videos and songs from YouTube. Plus, it also supports services like SoundCloud, Hulu, Google, Twitch, among others.
And it doesn't require rocket science to figure out how this app works.
Step 2: Next, click on the Start Session box. After that, the interface will prompt you to add the media items.
For Netflix, you can start the show on a different tab and then click on the Metastream icon on the address bar.
The video stream will start almost instantly. Next, head over to Metastream and click on the Invite button to share the link.
The same is try for YouTube web series and songs as well.
Step 3: Now, copy the link and share it across your group.
Similar to Netflix Party, there's an option to chat as well. To do so, tap on the Enter buttons to see the chat window. Apart from that, you can also build up a queue that you plan to watch together.
Furthermore, Metastream is available for both Chrome and Firefox.
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Bring the Popcorn
Start firing up the popcorn as you prepare for a movie night with your buddies. The only limitation is that you will have to forego the big screen, and instead, you will have to settle for the small screen of your laptop or PC. But if you ask me, one can let go of the comforts once ina while, right?
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