When you are stuck at home, the social life is limited to online activities only. And you definitely might be missing watching movies with friends. But you can still enjoy movies with your friends without going to the theaters. You got it right, you can watch movies online together with your friends.
There are several online services which allow you to watch movies of your choice online with your friends. The best part is that movies are completely synced between all the participants. You can also use video chat, messages for interacting with your friends.
In this tutorial we are going to explain, how you can watch movies online together with your friends. There are several online services available which allow you to watch movies online together. However, we are going to explain two of the services which are easy to use and provide better service, i.e. Netflix Party and Metastream
Watch Movies Together with Friends Online on Netflix Party
As the name suggests, Netflix Party is a popular way to watch Netflix movies and TV-series online together with friends and family. It offers smooth playback sync and a chatbox for interaction with friends. But sadly there is no webcam or audio chat options available. The service is totally free to use. But there is limitation that all the participants need to have a separate Netflix subscription to join the party.
Download the Netflix Party extension for Chrome by from here. Add this extension to Google Chrome. After adding this extension to Chrome, you will see it at the end of the address bar along with other extensions installed on Chrome.
Now, open Netflix in Chrome and play your favorite movie or show which you wish to watch with your friends. After that, click on the NP extension icon on the toolbar and click on “Start the Party“. You can also enable “Only I have control” checkbox so that nobody else messes with the playback controls.
After you click on “Start the Party”, a shareable URL will be generated. Now, copy the link and share it with your friends. Your friends need to click on the link to join the party.
As soon as your friends click on the link, they will join the party immediately. There are no approvals required here. If you have limited the controls to yourself, only you can play, pause, and fast forward the movie and it will sync in real-time with your friends’ playback. Also, you will have a chatbox which will stay active on the right side for interaction with your friends.
Enjoy the Netflix Party with your friends. Being stuck at home is no longer boring.
Watch Movies online with your Friends via Metastream
Like Netflix Party, Metastream also allows you to watch movies together with friends and family online in complete synchronization and also have a chat option. One of the best thing with Metastream is that you don’t need to create an account for using this service. And Metastream supports a long list of online streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and many more. Besides that, Metastream is completely free to use which is awesome. However, it does not support video and audio chat. Let’s get started with Metastream.
You will be taken to next page after you click GET STARTED button. On the next page, click START SESSION.
It’s time to add the movie or show that you want to watch. To add a movie or show to your play list, click on ADD MEDIA.
Finally, you can simply paste any video link from the internet, be it a movie or a TV show. After adding the URL of the video, click on “ADD TO SESSION“. You can also select from the list of available services.
As soon as you add the media to Metastream, the playback will start on your computer. To share the stream with your friends, simply click on the INVITE button on the USERS window.
Next, copy the invite link and share with your friends. Once your friends open the link on their computer, you will receive a notification to approve the request. Click on the green tick icon on the same USERS window and your friends will join the stream immediately.
You can also chat with your friends. To start a chat with your friends, click on the 3-dot icon and open “Chat“. The chatbox will appear on the left side of the screen.
If you are willing to watch more movies or shows, you can click on the [+] button to add movies and shows in the queue.
The setup process was onetime only, you don’t need to open Metastream’s portal every time you want to watch a movie or show together with your friends. Whenever you are playing a video on Netflix or any other streaming site, you can just click on the Metastream extension icon on the toolbar and the media playback will automatically move to Metastream. From there, you can share the stream with your friends.
Watch Movies and Shows Online with your Friends
Now, with those online movie watching services, you can enjoy free time with your friends and avoid boredom. Above tutorial explained two easy and best ways to watch movies online with your friends and family. While there are many online services available out there, we have selected only best two of them which offer smooth experience with good streaming speed. In case, you are facing problems while configuring above mentioned services, feel free to comment down below.