7 Ways to Watch Shows with Your Friends Over the Internet

It’s always great to get together with friends or family and camp out on the couch to watch a movie or binge the latest must-see television show.

Nowadays, it can be hard to get everyone together. So, whether you’re far away from home or want to stay connected with friends and family, this is for you!

Zoom

One of the most fundamental tools for group gatherings for professional purposes and for schools, but now you can re-purpose the screen sharing option to stream any show or movie.

You must turn on screen sharing and share computer audio. If you want to video chat while watching, turn off the option to optimize for full screen video (Only when you are the one screen sharing).

Gaze

If you’re only streaming YouTube, this is the best platform to use. An extremely simplistic interface that can only be used by two people simultaneously.

This browser-based app has built-in text chat and video chat.

Netflix Party

A Chrome extension that allows users to synchronize Netflix video playback on multiple computers. The extension only needs to be installed on one computer to generate a shareable link.

This extension only has built-in text chat. Keep in mind that everyone needs to sign into Netflix separately!

Watch2gether

There is no registration required – all you need is a temporary nickname!

You can watch videos from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, listen to audio from SoundCloud, or shop from Amazon. This application can be utilized in browser form or Chrome extension with built-in text and video chat.

Metastream

A relatively new Firefox and Chrome browser extension that allows users to watch Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, and Twitch.

This extension only has built-in text chat.

Scener

A Chrome extension that synchronizes Netflix playback across devices allowing both built-in text and video chat. A total of 10 people can be streaming at the same time.

After installing the extension, you must create a Scener account.

Twoseven

This works as a Chrome extension that allows users to watch Youtube, Netflix, Vimeo, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and more. The browser-based app has built-in text and video chat.

After installing the extension, you must create a Twoseven account.

Tips and Suggestions

  • If your group is bigger than two people, lock down the playback controls to minimize playback chaos.
  • When audio chat is active, have all participants use headphones to listen. Otherwise an echo will come through from multiple speakers picking up on the audio and then feed it back through all the microphones.
  • Third-party cookies have to be enabled for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney+ to work. (Most of the time this is not necessary, but if the services aren’t working – this would be your first troubleshooting step).

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