This Chrome Extension Lets You Watch Netflix Remotely With Your Friends

18 March 2020
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If you have to stay in alone, at least you can synchronise your streaming

Measures being put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19 have all but put an end to Netflix and chill.

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Social distancing (as in: staying at least 2 metres away from everyone else) and self-isolation if you think you have the coronavirus, mean that popping over to your friend’s house to binge re-watch all of Breaking Bad definitely isn’t recommended.

But what if there was another way? What if you and your friends could all log on and stream a show or movie at the same time, without having to synchronise hitting the play button at the same time?

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Well, inevitably, someone has already thought of that, and it exists in the form of a Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party

The app allows you to synchronise your video playback and has a group chat function allowing you to comment on what you’re watching. Comments run up the right-hand side of what you’re watching in a similar way to other livestreaming services.

To use the app you need to install it using a Google Chrome browser. Once that’s done you open up Netflix as usual. Next, hit the NP icon next to your address bar and share the URL it generates with anyone else who wants to watch with you.

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If you want to join a party, click on the party URL, which will redirect to Netflix's website. Then click on the "NP" button next to the address bar, and you should automatically join the party.

Pretty clever, we’re sure you’ll agree. What we’re most excited about though, is that questions about the plot, characters or whether that is indeed the guy from Gossip Girl, can now only be typed, rather than spoken. Prepare to enjoy uninterrupted viewing pleasure (provided you’re not distracted by the comments on the right of the screen).