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Ever since the pandemic happened, it ruined thousands of plans across the globe. The world came to a standstill and we were all confined to our homes. Remember that monthly sleepover you wanted to organize at your house to binge-watch Zac Efron movies with your friends? 

Well, we can understand your dismay if you’ve had to postpone it due to social distancing and other COVID policies. On one hand, it’s better to be safe than sorry, but then you must also be really bummed. You could’ve been planning it for weeks. That’s why we have a trick up our sleeve so that you can enjoy the best Netflix movies in UK or any other marathon with your friends.

You simply need to download Netflix Party or better known as Teleparty, a web browser extension that makes it possible for you and everyone else to watch any movie simultaneously with synchronized playback. 

Don’t believe us? Let us change your mind.

Hosting a Netflix Party

Hosting a Netflix Party is quite easy. Whether you and your friend are miles away or live next door to each other, it doesn’t matter in the slightest. However, just like any other party, you have to ensure you’ve got everything ready. Otherwise, we doubt your mom will let you throw a party when your room’s a complete mess. 

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As long as you and your fellow binge-watcher have the following items at home, you should be good:

  • Cozy blanket and pillows.
  • Your favorite set of PJs.
  • Snacks! Popcorn or chips or any junk food you can get your hands on.
  • A stable Wi-Fi connection.
  • A device preferably a laptop for you to stream the movie.
  • A web browser.
  • Netflix Party web browser extension.

That’s it! Now you’re all set to kick start your binge-watch party.

Setting up Netflix Party

Let us help you configure Netflix Party on your web browser so you can get started. The process is pretty straightforward. Simply follow these steps:

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  1. Download and install the Netflix Party extension from Chrome Web Store.
  2. Enable the extension.
  3. Open Netflix and select the movie you’d like to watch. 
  4. Once the video starts, click on the NP (or TP) extension on your browser.
  5. A window will pop up, “Create a Netflix Party,” click on it. Select the playback control options; either you’d like anyone to pause and play or only you can do that, then click on “Start the party.”
  6. A pop-up will show up with a link. Click “Copy URL” and then proceed to share it with your friends. 
  7. Your friend(s) can join by simply clicking on the link and then the Netflix Party extension on their browser. 
  8. Enjoy watching and discussing the show simultaneously!
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Do’s and Don’ts for Netflix Party

Netflix Party is a free web browser extension, so no particular streaming site owns it. Rather, it is owned by a Patreon. Hence, out of your goodwill, you can sponsor the developers to ensure the service continues. 

This web browser extension can work on any web browser however for smooth functioning we’d recommend you use Google Chrome. Also, we’d advise you against watching Netflix Party on your phone or TV, for best results a computer or a laptop is the finest choice. 

Moreover, you must decide beforehand what you’d like to watch. After that, you should generate a link on Netflix Party. The extension doesn’t allow you to share the screen in order to decide what to watch together. You’ll just have to use another platform to make your decision. 

Whoever creates the Netflix Party link has the option of picking out the controls and chat box. For instance, whether you’d like to disable the chat or not. If you’d rather just watch it together and then discuss the movie, you can do that too. There’s no hard and fast rule that you must use the chat box. Keep in mind it’s a text-only chat though.

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If you hand over the controls that means whenever they pause or unpause the movie, the playback will respond in sync. For instance, if your friend goes on a pee break, we’d suggest you do that too in the meanwhile, or better yet restock on your junk food. 

Also, if you believe the chat option is disrupting your viewing experience, you can switch to another app or platform to stay connected with your friends such as video calling them on Skype or Discord. Their screen sharing might not be good enough for synced playback, they can keep you connected by talking to each other and keeping tabs on each other’s real-time reactions. 

Do keep in mind though for switching to a new movie, you’ll be required to create a new Netflix Party link. 

Wrap up

Netflix Party’s playback is quite decent. We’ve tried and tested it for ourselves and had quite a lot of fun while doing a marathon of horror movies. It was as if we were watching the movie with our friends right next to us. So, go on, what are you waiting for? Try it out and we’re sure you’ll love it!

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