Party Time: Watch TV with your friends online Time for a different party than you are used to, watching your favorite series and movies with your friends.
Even a favorite activity at home, such as watching TV, can sometimes be monotonous, especially if you are used to hanging out with your friends and watching together.
Although you can stream and send messages, use it FaceTime or share your screen on Zoom, sometimes that's not enough. If you are looking for a way to make watching your favorite series more social, there are extensions to your browser that allow you to host digital TV tracking parties.
Here are some apps you can use to host movie nights with friends online, along with step-by-step instructions on how to watch.
To use these applications, you will need your own subscription for each service and everyone watching will need to log in to their account. These extensions work with your existing subscription to sync videos with your friends - they don't provide free viewing to non-subscribers.
The Netflix Party synchronizes them streams with those of your friends and adds a live chat to one side of the screen. The application is intended for use only with Netflix and is only available for Chrome.
To host a Netflix Party:
Get the extension
Open Netflix and start playing a video.
The Netflix party extension icon next to the address bar should change from gray to red. Click on it.
A window will appear asking you to "Create a Netflix Party". You have the choice of either giving yourself full control of reproduction or leaving it open to everyone. Click "Start Party".
Another window will appear with a link. Click "Copy URL" and share it with your friends. If necessary, you can find this link again by clicking on the Netflix Party extension icon.
Netflix Party will automatically create an icon. By clicking on the icon, you can change it (there are some alternatives) and set your nickname.
To join an existing Netflix Party:
Click on the link.
Click the Netflix Party icon.
AMAZON WATCH PARTY
The Amazon Prime Video now has the Watch Party app for many (but not all) Prime videos. Up to 100 users can watch at the same time. All participants must be Premium members. At present, it is only available in desktop and is not supported in browsers Safari and Internet Explorer. In this beta version, only the PC can pause, fast forward or rewind.
To host an Amazon Watch Party:
Go to the details page of the video you selected and search for the “Watch party” button next to the “Watch list” button.
In the right column, decide which name you want to use in the conversation and type it in there. Click "Create Monitoring Party".
The video is in the center of the screen, while on the right is the chat and settings tab. Under Settings, you can copy and share the Watch Party link or end the party.
To join an Amazon Watch Party:
Click on the link sent to you by your friend.
You will be redirected to Prime Video and prompted to enter a username. Once you've done that, click "Participate in a follow-up party".
Metastream lets live chat while watching videos on a number of platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Twitch and Crunchyroll (Metastream opens Netflix in a separate window). The application is still in beta version, so there are some difficulties - for example, we encountered some problems when using it with Hulu in Chrome. Metastream recommends its use Firefox when you watch Hulu, which worked best when we tried it.
To organize a Metastream party:
Download the extension for Firefox or Chrome. The extension will be able to read and change data on sites you visit.
Type a nickname and click "Start."
Click "Start Period" on the next screen.
Click the "Invitation" button on the left to receive a link for sharing and then click "Copy" and send it to your friends. In the same window, you can also make the session public, private or offline and change the permissible number of users (you can have an unlimited number of users).
Your friends will need to click on this link to join the session. When this happens, you will see a box on the left with your name and theirs. you need to click on the green selection button with their name to let them in. To allow them to add videos and change playback, click the three dots next to their name, and then click "Change DJ."
Scener allows you to chat via video with your friends while watching Netflix, HBO Now, HBO Go (not yet supported by HBO Max), Disney Plus or Vimeo. It also has a text chat feature.
To use Scener:
Download the Chrome extension. The extension will ask for permission to read and change your data on Netflix and Scener, display notifications and "communicate with partner sites".
Open the app by clicking on the extension icon (to the right of the Chrome address bar). If you can't see it, click on the puzzle icon and you can access it from there.
A window will then open, along with a sidebar, which will guide you to create a tracking party. Click "Create Theater" on the sidebar.
You can choose to create a private theater with up to 10 people, but everyone must be invited or you can host a public theater with up to 10 hosts (with audio and video) and unlimited viewers (with access to text only) ). Make your choice (let's say you want to create a private theater) and then click "Create".
A window will appear asking you to create an account. Click the "Create Account" button or if you have an account, click the button that says, "Do you already have an account?" Log in here. ”
Enter a username, email and password to create your Scener account.
You will receive a notification explaining how Scener works. Click Next.
Select it streaming service you want to use. Then log in to this service.
Click on the button with a camera icon that says "activate" to activate your camera.
This will open a pop-up window. Click "Allow camera and microphone." Another window may open that suggests you to use headphones. Click "I Understood" at the bottom of the window and then "Everything is ready" in the first pop-up window.
TwoSeven also has video chat capabilities, but supports more services. In addition to Netflix, you can use it to watch Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, YouTube and Vimeo. If you pay the subscription cost, you can also use the application with Hulu and Disney Plus. Subscription prices range from $ 5 to $ 20 a month, but because of it COVID-19, TwoSeven offers all of these features for $ 3 a month.
To host a party with TwoSeven:
Download the extension for Firefox or Chrome. The extension will ask for permission to display notifications and read and change data on sites you visit.
Create an account by clicking on the extension icon and going to the website. You will need to confirm your email.
Click the TwoSeven icon next to the address bar, and then click "Go to twoseven.xyz."
Click "Start." Here you can change the avatar and username by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner. Select "Account" to access your profile settings.
Click "Start Monitoring."
A pop-up window will appear that allows you to create a private room. Select checkboxes to allow other participants to access the camera and microphone, or to only allow administrators to control playback.
Click on the icon in the upper right corner that has two people and an add-on symbol. Click "Copy link" and share this link with friends. Once done, they will be added to the monitoring session.
Click the camera and microphone icons on the right side of the screen to turn on video and audio.
There is also a live chat feature at the bottom of the screen. Click "Messages" in the lower right corner to open it.
HULU WATCH PARTY
Hulu's ad-free subscription now allows you to host a party for up to eight people using live text chat within the service. While the feature is available with the live TV program (without ads), you cannot use the "Watch Party" feature for live TV content or premium content. You can register from your own profile, which means that many people on the same account can use the "Watch party" feature together.
Open Hulu.com. Make sure you use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge.
Find a movie or show to watch. Not all videos are available for viewing using the Watch Party. You can check if a title is compatible with the function by looking for an icon that shows three people on the "details" page, next to "Start tracking".
As soon as you go to the "details" page, click on the "Watch party" icon.
Click "Start Party" in the popup window.
Click on the link icon to copy the link and send it to others so they can join your party.
When you are ready, click "Start party". To add people later, you can click the link icon in the upper right corner of the chat line.
After following the link, your guests will connect and see a message acknowledging that they have been invited to a follow-up party. They can click on "Join the Party" to watch with you.