Watching movies is a great way to spend your free time to uplift your mood for the rest of the day, or the next day if you are a night watcher. Many people prefer to watch movies alone as it is a good way to enjoy the movie without getting disturbed. But sometimes (even for those who prefer to watch alone), it can be lonely to watch movies alone.
However, not everyone has friends living near them that they can hang out and watch a movie. In this article, I have discussed how to watch movies online with friends. This way you can enjoy the movies with the pleasant company of your close friends without worrying about the physical distance.
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How To Watch Movies Online With Friends?
Watching films with friends is always a pleasant experience. But not everyone has close living that they want to share such experiences. If your friends live away from you, then you can still watch movies and shows online with them. Yes, you will likely not have as much fun as you should have if watching together physically.
But it is still better than being while watching. Some many apps and extensions can help you enjoy movies and shows with your friends. I have listed some of them below and how they work. Try them out and you won’t be disappointed.
1) How To Watch Movies Online With Friends Using Skype, Zoom Or Other Live Videos Chatting Apps
Video chatting or video conferencing apps like Skype and Zoom do not provide any specific feature to watch shows with friends online. But one it does do is hold big and long video chats with multiple people.
So, you and your friends can join together on Skype or Zoom or any other capable conferencing apps and start the movies or shows at the same time on your devices. This way all of you will be watching the show and movie at the same time and have conversation on it.
2) Netflix Party
Netflix Party is a popular extension for Netflix that syncs up your friends’ streams with your stream so that you can enjoy the show together. This extension also adds a live chat to make it easier to communicate with your friends.
The extension is only available for Chrome and works only with Netflix. It is very easy to use, just follow the steps below to create or join a party.
- Install the Netflix Party extension for Chrome.
- Open Netflix on Chrome and sing in your account.
- Play the video that you want to enjoy with your friends. This will trigger the Netflix Party icon beside the address bar to turn red.
- Click on the Netflix Party icon beside the address bar. A prompt will appear with the option, “Create a Netflix Party” on your screen.
- Select the Create a Netflix Party option to host your own party.
- Change the setting of the party, like if you want to have complete control over the stream or give someone else control over the streams.
- Click on Start the Party.
- A link should appear on your screen. Copy that and send it to your friends that you want to watch the movie with.
If you want to join someone else’s party, then simply click on the link shared by that person and then select the Netflix Party icon.
3) Amazon Watch Party
Amazon has been ahead of its competitors to provide and provide a watch party for in their Amazon Prime Video subscribers. The Watch party app is still limited and you cannot watch every video available on Amazon, but it still covers a large library. Using the Amazon watch party app, up to 100 people can watch the same show or movie at once. However, everyone part of the party has to Amazon Prime Video members.
To host a watch party on Amazon, follow the steps given below:
- Open the Video and look for the Watch Party icon beside the Watch later icon. If you find it, then the video can be hosted and watched at the party.
- After clicking on the Watch party icon, enter the details of the party like name and click on Create Watch Party option.
- Under the settings, you will find the Party link that you can copy and share with your friends.
- If you want to join your friend’s party, simply click on the party link sent by him.
- Next, sing into you’re Amazon Prime Video account and click on the Join Watch Party option.
Scener is an amazing app that allows users to watch popular streaming platforms, like Netflix, HBO, Disney plus, to watch videos with their friends while conversing over a video chat. The extension is basically the combination of video conferencing and party streaming put together. To use the extension, follow the steps given below:
- Download and install the Scener extension. Open the extension and permit it to communicate with cooperating websites, otherwise, it won’t work.
- Open the extension and click on the create a theater option.
- Register your Scener account and log in.
- Next, select the streaming platform you want to hold the party on.
- After that, log in to that streaming service.
- Select the camera icon and change it to enable it if you want to voice chat with your friends. Next, click on Allow camera and mic.
- Now, you will be able to share the link of the party or share the code to enter the party.
- If your friends don’t have Scener, then they will be moved to the download page of it and have to install the extension first to join the room.
Scener provides complete virtual remote control of the streams to the party host. The host can basically, pause, fast forward, and rewind the stream while others won’t be able to stop.
5) Hulu Watch Party
Hulu, like Amazon, allows its users of ad-free plans to host a virtual watch party of a maximum of 8 people with a live chat. However, you are limited to stream the content of only those shows and movies that are present in the Hulu streaming library. Users that don’t have the Hulu (No ads) or Hulu (No Ads + Live TV) cannot use the Hulu Watch party feature.
To use the Hulu Watch party feature, follow the steps given below:
- Open Hulu on your browser.
- Find the video that you want to watch with your friends. If the video is compatible with to host with your friends, then you will see an icon showing 3 people on the Details page of the video.
- Click on the Watch Party icon and select the Start The Party option.
- Share the link with your friends to have them join (8 people max).
So, there you have it. Now you know how to watch movies online with friends and can now sit back and watch a movie relaxed with your friends. If you have any further questions regarding this topic, ask them in the comment section.