How Netflix Party Works
What could be more fun than watching Netflix and having a good time with your friends? But getting everyone together in one place can be a logistical nightmare. That’s where Netflix Party comes in.
And no, you won’t have to do a conference call and countdown the time to hit the Play button. All you need is the free Chrome extension and a Netflix subscription.
Get the Party Started
Although very fun, going to the movies can be expensive. That’s why streaming services like Netflix are there to give you quality content and that cinematic feel. If you want to take it to the next level, start an online Netflix Party with your friends.
It does the work of synchronizing the video playback, and the best part is that it’s completely free. Here’s what you need to do:
- Download and install Netflix Party
- Go to Netflix and select a movie or a TV show you want to watch with your friends.
- Select the red NP button that appears next to the Chrome address bar.
- Select “Start Party” and copy the URL that you will send to your friends.
Everyone who’s participating in the Netflix party needs to have the extension. If you’ve received the party URL, click on it, and the extension will send you to Netflix. After that, click on the NP icon and voila – you have joined the Netflix Party.
Important: Chrome is the only browser that supports Netflix Party. Also, you can only use it on laptops or desktop computers, not mobile devices.
Netflix Party Chatroom
The concept of Netflix Party is simple. But it gets even better. When you install it, you and your friends also get a live chatroom on the right side of the screen while you’re watching a movie. There are some upsides to this feature and a few downsides as well.
What’s great about it is that it starts looking like a real party. You can crack jokes, make predictions, and just be silly in the chatbox.
The downside is that there is a delay in the chat. It’s not too bad, but your joke might miss the moment if it’s related to the movie. Besides, if you’re typing on your laptop during the video, you’ll miss out on the plot.
But if you insist on chatting while watching the movie, you can always grab your phones for that. Create a WhatsApp group or use Facebook Messenger, whatever works for you. And if you pick the right movie or show to watch, keeping up won’t be difficult.
You’re not going to run to the bathroom every 30 minutes when you’re at the movies. But when you’re at home, things are a little different. You can pause the film at any time, hitting the Pause button means it’s paused for everyone else.
To avoid conflict and not risk ruining the party, schedule the bathroom breaks before you play the movie.
If someone has to step out briefly or make a call, that’s where the group chat comes in. You can ask for an emergency pause so you don’t miss out on the action.
How to Pick the Right Netflix Movie/TV Show
Choosing the movie or TV show for the Netflix Party might seem straightforward, but that’s not always the case. The easiest pick is to go with something brand new that no one has yet seen it. Alternatively, you can go with something you all know and like.
Check out the new releases and do a quick survey among your friends. The best-case scenario is a new season of a TV show that you all watch. If you love the slow-burning crime TV shows, perhaps the third season of “Ozark” would be the right choice.
For a wilder party, the new true-crime documentary “Tiger King” is said to keep your eyes glued to the screen. But if you’re in a mood to re-watch shows like “Stranger Things” and “Sex Education,” that’s always the right call.
Have Fun Partying with Netflix
The first time you organize a Netflix Party, things might be a little disorganized. But by the second time, you’ll know exactly how to prepare for every situation.
A Netflix Party is something to do when the weather is terrible, and you were going to binge-watch something on Netflix anyway. Why not get together with your friends online and have a Netflix pajama party?
Have you ever used the Netflix Party Chrome extension before? How did it go? What did you watch? Let us know in the comments section below.