As much as I enjoy watching my TV shows and my favorite movies alone, nothing compares to the feeling when you watch in a group. Whether he’s impatiently waiting for the end of a horror movie or sighing with happiness when watching a romantic comedy, watching group movies is always worth it. However, these days, when social isolation is the order of the day, it seems that we will have to wait a lot more for such movie nights. But don’t worry, because we have a nice workaround in the form of Chrome extensions if you want to watch Netflix with friends.
In this article, we are going to explore two Chrome extensions that let you enjoy your favorite movies and documentaries with your friends, but intelligently. Well, like most modern tools, setting up this app is as simple as pie.
So what are we waiting for? Let’s start.
How to set up and watch Netflix with Netflix Party
Netflix Party is the first expansion to try. However, it is only available for Google Chrome on desktop or laptop computers. Once you’ve installed Netflix Party, you’ll see a handy NP icon in the upper right corner of your Chrome browser. As you might expect, it will only stay activated when it detects if Netflix is running in the background. Otherwise, it will remain disabled.
Now let’s see how to watch movies using this nifty Chrome extension.
Step 1: Once you’ve installed Netflix Party, open the movie or TV show you want to watch. Then 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. This will ensure that only you have control over playing or pausing the movie / TV show.
2nd step: After that click on the Start Party button. This will generate a link that you can share with your party friends.
Naturally, the person on the other end of the phone will need a Netflix account and the said extension to join the party. So what’s the difference?
Well, for starters, you can watch your favorite movies and TV shows in sync. That means more spoilers and revelation of the plot. You can plan and watch the shows as you did before. Only this time it will be separate systems / laptops.
Apart from the above, there is the possibility of a live chat on the right side. So if your friends want to interrupt the show, they can quickly request that you see them.
While Netflix Party sets a default name and avatar for you, you can still go ahead and change it.
To do this, click on your avatar in the upper right corner and you will 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 this awkward avatar adorable?
At the same time, Netflix Party allows you to reach more than 1,000,000 people. So even if you have a large group, you can be reassured and continue your bulimia session.
Are there any limitations?
So, are there any limitations? For now, Netflix Party is available for Chrome users. So yes, all your friends from the movie night may have to switch from Firefox or Edge to join the party.
Second, even if you are hosting a mini-movie party, there is no option for video chat. Yes, no option to activate the webcam.
Alternative extension: Metastream
Another cool Chrome extension you can try is Remote. It works by synchronizing your Netflix content with your viewers.
The main strength of Metastream is that it is simply not limited to Netflix. You can also stream videos and songs from YouTube. In addition, it also supports services like SoundCloud, Hulu, Google, Twitch, among others.
And it doesn’t require rocket science to understand how this app works.
Step 1: Once the extension is downloaded, go to the site and register your name.
2nd step: Then click on the Start session box. After that, the interface will ask you to add the multimedia elements.
For Netflix, you can start the show on another tab, then click the Metastream icon in the address bar.
The video stream starts almost instantly. Then go to Metastream and click on the Invite button to share the link.
The same goes for web series and YouTube songs.
Step 3: Now copy the link and share it in your group.
Similar to Netflix Party, there is also an option to chat. To do this, press the Enter buttons to display the chat window. Apart from that, you can also create a queue that you plan to watch together.
In addition, Metastream is available for Chrome and Firefox.
Bring the popcorn
Start shooting the popcorn while you prepare for a movie night with your friends. The only limitation is that you will have to give up the big screen, and instead, you will have to settle for the small screen on your laptop or PC. But if you ask me, you can drop comfort from time to time, right?
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Last updated on April 10, 2020