How do you have a watch party while keeping social distance? The rise of deadly viruses has brought us to this new world where we work from home, live at home and do everything from home. Some may like the convenience and the extra time on their hands. But I miss hanging out with my friends, especially going to the movies or watching TV shows and movies together on Netflix. To counter this, some OTT platforms like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video have a party watch feature where you can stream a particular show with your friends. However, Netflix does not currently support such a feature. Thanks to indie developers, there are other ways to watch our favorite Netflix movies and shows with our friends. This article will discuss how to watch Netflix remotely with your friends. So, if you’re ready to throw a viewing party, let’s get started.
How to Watch Netflix Together Remotely (2022)
Watching a movie or TV show with friends is more about hanging out for shared experience. So we enjoy a new movie in theaters or watch our favorite game in a sports bar. We can’t repeat the experience while having a remote viewing party. Still better than watching a nostalgic movie alone in your bedroom. We will discuss several apps, browser extensions, and other methods to watch Netflix with friends while at home. Some ways are specific to web browsers, while others let you join the party from your iPhone, Android device, and Windows and Mac computer.
Use Browser Extensions to Watch Netflix Together
There are several Chrome extensions as well as Edge and Firefox extensions that you can use to watch Netflix or other video streaming sites together. Extensions work great with platforms like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon and more. I’ve tested a lot and selected two extensions that work for you to create a Netflix watch party. Let’s see how to use them.
Teleparty (Netflix Party)
Teleparty, formerly known as Netflix party, is available on Edge and Chrome browsers. All you have to do is install the extension on your browser and have an active Netflix subscription. Yes, the extension does not allow you to see Netflix content without a Netflix account. You can share one with your friend or use yours as well. Playback is effortlessly synced in all situations. Here are the steps to create a Netflix watch party using the Teleparty extension.
- Install the Teleparty extension (connection) in Chrome or Edge.
- Now open the Netflix website in your browser and launch the show you want to host. After that, click on the “TP” icon from the extension menu.
- The extension will ask for a few permissions before starting the party. Allow permissionsand it will create a room for your friends to join.
- Click the “TP” extension again to get the shareable link of the watch party.
To join a streaming party requires an invite link. So, ask your friends to install the extension and sign in to Netflix using an active subscription. Then open the shared link and Teleparty will add your friends to the room immediately. Anyone can control playback on Teleparty. There is also a chat window on the side where you can chat with your friends. Click on the “TP” extension icon to close or hide the chat and slide the “show chat” button to the left. If you want to leave the Netflix watching party, you can click the “Disconnect” button in the same pop-up window.
Teleparty is one of the simplest ways to watch Netflix with your friends. You can also use the extension to create a watch party for Hulu, HBO, Disney+ and Amazon. Moreover, Teleparty also plans to launch a smartphone app soon. So you can enjoy Netflix watching parties with your friends on your phone as well.
Another great extension for watching Netflix together is Metastream. It is an open source extension available for Chrome and Firefox browsers. The procedure for using this extension is quite difficult. But don’t worry; Just follow our step-by-step instructions and you’ll be hanging out with your friends virtually in no time.
- First, go to Metastream (Web site) and add an alias.
- When you try to join the session Install the metastream extension.
- After installation, open Netflix in your browser and Click on the Metastream extension from the extension bar. It should create a watch room for you.
- Now, click the invite button to see more details about the monitoring room.
- Copy and share the invite link with your friends.
You have the option to make the room Public, Private or Offline. Anyone with the link can join Public mode, and if you’re using Private mode, you’ll need to grant individual permissions. Anyone with the link and extension can open the watch party if you let them join.
However, there is one big downside to using Metastream. When using Metastream, your friend has to manually search and open the movie you’re watching, and Metastream only syncs the playback. This means that if you open a different TV show or movie and your friend accidentally starts another movie, you will be in a funny situation. You’re at 0:10:00 in The Hangover and your friend has started Inception on their device; Well, it will sync for Inception at 0:10:00. The movie is different, but the playback is synchronized.
However, Metastream also works quite well with other streaming platforms like Hulu, Disney+, YouTube and more. It can be a fascinating way to host an hour of Netflix with your friends when you’re comfortable with fine-tuning playback.
Use Rave App to Watch Netflix on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android
If you don’t want to use a browser or want to connect to a watch party using your smartphone, try the Rave app. It is available for all major platforms like Mac, Windows, Android and iOS devices. The app is pretty simple to use and you can stream video content other than Netflix as well. For example, you can publish videos on YouTube, Vimeo and other similar video sharing platforms. You can also watch movies or TV shows using Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ and more. Here’s how to use the Rave app to watch Netflix with your friends and family.
- Install the Rave app on your device. Then log in using your preferred method.
- Now, choose which service you want to play. In this case, Netflix. Sign in with your Netflix account and play the movie you want.
- Now click on the shareable link at the bottom right of your screen and share it with your friends.
Your friends can now join the viewing party and see the movie/show with you. All they need is an active Netflix subscription. Remember to set the room to private or anyone using Rave will be able to join the room.
Use Discord to Watch Netflix Together
Discord is a popular community-based app that allows users to broadcast their screens. Therefore, you can also use Discord to stream Netflix. However, we do not recommend using this method as it violates Netflix’s terms and conditions. Other methods require you to have a Netflix account. However, using Discord for streaming doesn’t necessarily require you to have a Netflix account. Also, you cannot use this method to stream smartphone content due to DRM limitations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a watching party on Netflix?
No, Netflix does not have a built-in watch party feature. You can still use third-party apps and extensions to watch Netflix with your friends.
What can I use instead of Netflix party?
You can use the Rave app, Watch Together, Metastream, Scener, Kast, and other similar apps and extensions to watch Netflix together on your computer, smartphones, and web browsers.
How do I sync my Netflix party?
Netflix party automatically syncs playback. If you experience a delay of a second or two, that’s normal and we can’t fix it completely.
Watching Netflix Together
Unlike Amazon Prime Video, there is no party watching feature on Netflix. Still, we can use various browser extensions and apps to watch Netflix with our friends while at home. We have tested and selected some working methods for watching Netflix by syncing the playback on your devices. They can stop working at any time as they are not official methods. I hope you find this article useful. If you have any doubts regarding the methods mentioned in this article, feel free to comment below.