Netflix Party: This App Lets You Watch Movies And TV Shows With Friends Remotely

Netflix Party allows you and some friends to get together and watch some Netflix.

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These days, we've all got to practice social distancing in response to COVID-19, or the coronavirus. But we all want to hang out with our friends. We can do things like use Animal Crossing to connect to each other. We may want to watch a movie or two with friends, but the legality of streaming movies via Discord and Zoom is iffy. Luckily, with the new Chrome extension Netflix Party, you can watch Netflix movies with your buds from the safety of your own home, which is exactly what you need right now.

How To Set Up Netflix Party

Netflix Party is a simple-to-use extension, not affiliated with Netflix, that lets you watch TV and movies from Netflix with your friends, at the same time. You can catch up on what's happening in your lives in the handy chatroom that it adds in the sidebar or riff on a movie together à la Mystery Science Theater 3000. Even if you don't use the text chat and opt for a video or voice call using an app of your choosing, what makes Netflix Party particularly useful is the way it syncs up what you're watching for everyone with a link. If you've ever tried to coordinate a virtual watch party, sometimes counting down and pressing play at the same time just doesn't cut it.

In this guide, we'll walk you through exactly how to setup Netflix Party so you can start watching stuff with friends. In order to test out it out ourselves, we needed to pick out a movie to watch, and what better movie than Horse Girl, which has a very bizarre trailer. Considering "horsie movies" is already a weird inside joke with the entertainment team, why not watch this movie together? If you want something better to try it out with, check out our list of what's new to Netflix in April.

GameSpot's Mat Elfring, Chris E. Hayner, Dan Auty, and Will Potter
GameSpot's Mat Elfring, Chris E. Hayner, Dan Auty, and Will Potter "partying"

Step 1 - Install Netflix Party

Head to the official Netflix Party website to find a link to the Chrome extension. Yes, you'll need to be using Google Chrome to access this extension. Install it by hitting "Add to Chrome" in the Chrome Web Store.

Step 2 - Select Movie/TV Show

After Netflix Party is installed, head to Netflix and select the movie or TV show you want to play, then click the "NP" button in your browser, to the right of the address bar. From there, you can start the party and generate a specific Netflix Party URL to copy and paste to friends. You can also select whether you have exclusive access to playing, pausing, and tweaking options in the movie, or if other viewers can too. Remember, Netflix Party syncs up the movie for everyone, so if you pause the movie and you're hosting the party, it will pause for all your friends too.

Step 3 - Enjoy!

As you can see, a chat box pops up on the right side. You can customize your chatroom name and pick from a few avatars. It is very basic, but it brings back the very nostalgic feeling of hanging out in an AOL chatroom--why didn't any of us write "A/S/L?"

A few things to note: the person controlling the party is streaming their Netflix account to the others in the group, so there is a tiny bit of a delay, but that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things since it's a chatroom. The only other issue with Netflix Party was finding out how to exit. There's no button in the chat section to do this. Very quickly, we learned you just exit the movie, and that's all you need to do. The most obvious answer is the correct one.

Netflix Party is available now, so you can add it to Chrome and all watch horsie movies together.

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Oh ffs, I hope this catches on. I hope it is so popular that some people cannot live without it and this is the only way they will watch movies from now on. Because I was sick to death of the idiots that talked non stop through a film, could not go two seconds off their virtual nipple phone screen, and or would bring a baby into a movie theater. Hopefully this will drag all of them online, and leave the theaters to those who actually go there to watch a movie, on the big screen.

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Not really a new or innovative feature, would rather have the money spent on more NetFlix original films.

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I feel bad for people who are so incapable of being alone that they would want something like this.

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Hay guys the ending she dies... Brilliant service.

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I don't care much for the texting, but synchronizing a movie with people you are in Teamspeak or Discord with, that could be fun during this time.

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when i watch movies and tv show, i like private.

the only way i'll chat with others, there a live stream gaming going on.

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you lost me at google chrome

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Netflix introducing Spoilerschat.

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Is AOL the only text based chat you've heard of? This doesn't resemble it at all.

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Cooldude69: A/S/L

Flowerchild27: 40/F/NY

Cooldude69: {S goodbye}

Cooldude69 has left the chatroom

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I can't imagine ever wanting to do this for anything other than bad movies to make fun of. Like mystery science theater 3000.

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@fbplayer1064: no .. It's fantastic for comedy movies

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yeah, because who doesn't enjoy their movies/series while constantly getting sidetracked by textchat pop-ups? if this is actually a real thing, then now i am officially too old. i honestly cannot comprehend this. also i don't know if this is common knowledge, but there are these smartphones now...

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@RaveNRolla: Don't we already do that with Twitch? I don't see a problem with that.

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@faramistbeyond: different preferances i suppose. i do sometimes watch streamer's vids on youtube (not twitch) and i always find it annoying it when they visually include the textchat. funny though that people don't see the difference between watching a movie or series and watching someone play games. for me these are two completely different things. i can have a let's play run in the background while i'm on my phone, but i wouldn't run a movie or series in the background. but hey, if it doesn't bother you, i'm happy for you.

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@faramistbeyond: And I just close Twitch chat if I really have to watch something on it. I don't need Kappa spam on the side if I'm watching something.

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@RaveNRolla: it was a thing back when 360 first started, it was amazing. I love watching movies with my online friends.

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@restatbonfire: well i guess if they are actual friends and you are using a voice chat i wouldn't mind that either, but text chat? that just takes all your attention away from what you are actually watching.

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@restatbonfire: Get VR set it will change your life.

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@basketballfan: my coworkers selling me his oculus for 100 bucks, just need a pc

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Sounds like they've been influenced by Bigscreen VR, which is basically virtual cinemas that can hold dozens of people.

It's a good idea, a digital Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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@uninspiredcup: They didnt think it through, you dont type or worry about text in BS.

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