Movies and videos offer a great escape from stress and boring routine. So, watch videos together like with your friends, family or loved ones. Indeed, it is an amazing experience that creates a lot of fun memories for you to cherish throughout your life. But the luxury to watch videos together becomes difficult for people living miles apart. Fortunately, technology has made the world a global village by connecting people digitally. To fill this void, there are a number of online platforms that provide you with the opportunity to watch movies with your loved ones.
HORROR MOVIES BECOME MORE EXCITING
If you are away from your home or loved ones and you want to spend quality time with them, watching horror movies together is a great idea. Watching scary movies with a bunch of people is a great experience that is much more fun than being scared alone. You might be thinking of how is it possible to watch movies with anyone who is poles apart. Kudos to technology, it is now possible, you can now watch scary movies together on online platforms. It is fun watching movies together because you can get to know their reactions and be scared together. The level of excitement and adventure increases manifolds. Watching a horror movie alone might only be a scary experience. But when you are watching it with your friends and family it becomes scary as well as enjoyable.
YOU CAN BOND WITH YOUR PARTNER BY DISCUSSING THE MOVIE
You can bond with your partner by discussing the movie.
Watching movies with other people is a great experience as it will give you the opportunity to know their reactions and to discuss the whole movie with them. People discuss with each other how they love or hate the characters, adore how handsome or beautiful are the characters, predict the next scenes, admit that they have a crush on the actor and sometimes they even relate it to their lives. When they end up watching the movie they give their feedbacks and how it can be made better. All of this can improve your relationship with your partner. Because it will help you to spend time together and share your thoughts. You can also learn new things about your partner when they share their thoughts.
YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR FRIENDS EVEN BETTER
Watching the movies and videos together is in-fact a fun way to drain out all the stress and anxiety of your day. Besides, the experience and feelings of watching videos and movies with your loved ones are amazing as you engage with them and you have a chance to know them even better. You get to know what type of personality they have got, their likes and dislikes. In a long-distance relationship, streaming movies together is wonderful to understand your partner’s views about life, love, and other aspects of life. Watching movies and videos together enhances emotional attachment and understanding. Do enjoy movies alone, but never ignore the fun and enjoyment you can have by watching them with a bunch of friends.
IT CAN MAKE YOUR BORING DAY A JOYOUS ONE
If your day is extremely boring and you have nothing to do, gear up and plan a night of fun. Grab your popcorns and watch any movie of your taste with your friends, family, or partner. Online platforms offer a wonderful feature of watching movies together even if you are at different locations. You can laugh together on a comedy movie or you can light up your mood by watching a sweet rom-com. To satisfy your adventure cravings, try watching the suspense and horror movie together. It will be an experience worth remembering.
It IS MORE CONVENIENT to watch videos together online
Watching movies on online platforms is convenient for a lot of people in different ways. Some people being ill or disabled can’t go to the cinema to have some fun. For them, online platforms have made it possible to enjoy movies at home. Moreover, there are people who are shy and don’t feel comfortable watching movies with strangers in the cinema, watching movies online with their loved ones has also served itself as a solution for them. Similarly, a number of people find themselves too busy to go and watch the movie together. They can watch movies at home whenever they want via online platforms. The online sites for streaming movies as a group not only save time and money but also, is very much feasible for people having long-distance relationships.
COMEDY MOVIES AND VIDEOS BECOME MORE FUN AS LAUGHTER IS CONTAGIOUS
A lot of people have experienced it that they had so much fun watching the same movie with your friends, however, it was boring when they watched it alone. Psychologists have also tested the idea of watching movies in a group makes the emotions of the people more intense. They have also found that when people watch movies together they enjoy happy movies as happier and sad movies as sad. This effect even lasts when your partner is not physically present around you. Watching a comedy movie with your friends is a lot more fun because laughter is contagious. People have also observed that they laugh more when they watch movies together in a group.
IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR BUDGET
Living far away from your family and friends makes you feel sad and homesick. Like, you are living in America and your family or loved ones are somewhere in Asia or Africa, it becomes nearly impossible for you to go and enjoy movies with them. Because it has a lot of financial expenditures and not all people can afford that. You have to fly all the way to another country just to spend some time with your loved ones and enjoy the experience of watching movies together. But thanks to technology that has made it possible for you to enjoy the pleasure of watching movies together with your loved ones via online platforms. You can save hundreds of dollars by spending a little amount of money on these platforms. Besides saving your money, this option also makes you feel connected with the people you love. It fills the void in your life and makes you happy.
Watching movies with your friends and loved ones helps you to overcome your traumas, problems, and losses and assist you in bonding with the most beautiful relations of your life. This article presents you the reasons why watching movies with others is more fun than watching them solo.
StreamParty allows you to watch video content over streaming services such as Netflix or YouTube along with your friends. You can sync with your friends to play or pause at the same time. While watching, you can also talk to your friends over chat or video.
Supported Services: Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube and Joyn.
Talk to your friends through chat or video
Works on Firefox and Chromium-based browsers
Offers a free version of the service
Comes with a huge database of movies and episodes to select from
Very reliable service
Only supports 5 streaming services currently
The free version only allows 4 hours of private parties per month with only 3 people
Only works on browsers
€4.00 per month €9.00 quarterly
€5.00 per month €12.00 quaterly
Unlimited Public Parties
Videochat in Private Parties
Hosting 4 hours of private parties per month
Up to 3 people in a private party
Top-up extra hours
Everything in Free
Unlimited time for private parties
Up to 6 people in a private party
Everything in Premium
Up to 50 people in a private party
Videochat for up to 6 People
With Invited, you can watch TV series, films, anime, or listen to music with others using a shared virtual browser. You can take turns controlling the browser and chat with your friends using emojis, gifs, and over video.
Supported Services: You can stream any webpage in the browser.
Not limited to a few streaming services
Has a proxy feature for accessing location-specific content
Includes both free and paid options
Free rooms have a limit of 2 hours
Relatively new service
Can host and join parties
Capped at 2 hours
2-hour limit removed
Kosmi lets you play games, watch videos and talk to your friends or strangers. You can talk over video, text, and voice chat. All of this is possible right within your browser. It does not require any sign-up or installation.
Supported Services: You can stream any video in your browser and files from your computer.
Does not require any registration
Includes games that you can play with others
Has emulators for running console games
Some features are accessible only after signing up
Video chat windows can feel a bit small
Create a private room or join a public lobby
All features available under no sign-up
Can see names of participants when they are typing
Using Watch2Gether, you will be able to sync videos from sites like YouTube or Vimeo with your friends and watch them simultaneously. It does not require any registration or browser extensions. It comes with an in-built text chat feature, audio, and video chat. All the members in the room can contribute to the playlist and add videos to watch.
Does not require any extensions or software installation
Only supports a few services
You will require a premium subscription to access exclusive features
Join other rooms
Invite room participants
Control room permissions for video, chat, and so on
No limit on the number of participants
Exclusive features like personal chat color and animated GIFs in chat messages
No banner ads in any room you visit
No banner ads in any room you create (applicable for all members of that room)
Early access to beta versions
Dedicated support email address
Metrastream is another group-watching website that lets you host streaming content for your friends. It is simple, easy to use, and does not require you to sign up. You just need to install the browser extension for this to work.
Supported Services: YouTube, Twitch, SoundCloud, Netflix, Hulu, Reddit, Crunchyroll, and many more.
Does not require any registration
Runs right within your browser
Allows virtually unlimited users to join a watch party
Everyone needs to own a paid account for the streaming service being used
Only supports Firefox, Chrome, and Chromium-based browsers
Start or join a new session
Invite others to join through a session link
No limit on the number of users who can join
This service does not offer any paid features
This service is currently a part of Watch2Gether, which has been talked about earlier in this list. TogetherTube lets you watch videos and listen to music with your friends online. It comes with several moderation tools and a voting system.
A voting system to decide what plays next according to users
Only supports free video streaming sites like YouTube
Play videos simultaneously in sync for every user in the room
Use chat to talk with others
Vote for which video will play next
Configure room settings
This service does not offer any paid features
Rave is a multimedia messenger app that lets you watch your favorite videos with your friends in real-time. You can simultaneously socialize while watching videos and shows over websites like YouTube and Netflix.
Supported Services: YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Google Drive, and more.
Available on both iOS and Android
Supports several streaming services – both free and paid
Allows chatting over text or voice
Is only available on mobile devices
Apps are full of bugs, according to reviews
Watch Netflix with friends
Stream videos from YouTube
Text or chat over voice
Sync your music from your music app
Some features of the app can be accessed through a premium subscription only:
1-month subscription plan – $1.58
6-month subscription plan – $8.18
1-year subscription plan – $13.20
Teleparty allows you to sync a TV show or a film with your family members and friends. It was previously known as Netflix Party since it only worked for Netflix. Now you can use it with Disney+, Hulu, and HBO.
Parsec is a service specially designed for cloud gaming with your friends. It can also be used as a streaming service. You can use Parsec’s systems to run any kind of resource-intensive application. You can also run the software on your computer and stream anything you want to another device.
Supported Services: Any software or service that you can run on a computer.
Can be integrated with Discord to chat and interact with your friends
You can stream films, shows, and videos through streaming services or files on your computer
You can play games with keyboard mapping and gamepad support
You need to rent a server to use it as a streaming client
To use Parsec for streaming, you need to rent a server through Paperspace or AWS.
You have to pay only for the duration you use the server. The price ranges between $0.50 to $0.80 an hour (depending on the host).
Mycircle allows you to create rooms, invite your friends and watch videos together. You can use free streaming sites or play a video file of your own. It lets you talk to your friends over chat while watching the videos.
Play anything from your own media library or use one of the streaming sites
You can make a public or a private room
Meet new people based on shared interests
Only available on Android and iOS devices
Does not support paid services like Netflix
Chat over video, audio, or text
Stream media in real-time
Host watch parties with your friends
Meet new people
Airtime does not offer any paid features.
14. Together TV
Together TV is a national TV channel and a digital platform that runs programs based on creativity, well-being, and British life in general. It focuses on the work done by voluntary and charitable organizations. It aims to promote such friendly activities and to motivate the audience to take part in them.
Supported Services: This service offers its own shows and programs.
Access wonderful programs related to social change and communities
Does not have features for group watching
The shows are available on the TogetherTV YouTube channel and the On-Demand pages on the website.
This service does not offer any paid features.
Syncplay is a computer application that allows you to sync playing, pausing, seeking, and other video controls with your friends over the internet. It helps everyone within a virtual room get a shared viewing experience.
Supported Services: Video files in your computer and media streaming links.
Watch a video, show, or film together with your friends
A premium streaming subscription is not required; you just need the video files on your computer
Does not have text, voice, or video chat features
Both you and your friend need to have a copy of the video file you are trying to sync
The app is available for free. You can perform all the actions like playing, pausing, and seeking while in sync.
This service does not offer any paid features.
Kast is a virtual video sharing service. It lets you watch videos with your friends from its content library. It also includes screen sharing, text, voice, and video chat features. Kast is not only available on your computer but also your mobile devices. It allows 100 people at a watch party simultaneously, while up to 20 people can share their camera or screen.
Explorii is a web service and mobile app that allows you to watch and share content with your family and friends. You just need to create a virtual room, invite the members and start watching. You can watch anything from films and TV shows to live sports events.
Supported Services: YouTube and other free streaming sites.
Access Kast TV’s own collection of content
Share your screen with your friends
Talk over text, voice, or video
Less support for third-party services
Screen sharing requires a premium subscription
Stream and watch videos with friends
Host virtual rooms
Password protect your rooms
Join rooms nearby
Explore new rooms
This service does not offer any paid features.
Twoseven is a video sharing and streaming platform. It enables interaction only through chats and does not support audio commentary. The primary motive of Twoseven.xyz lies on three different pillars – real-time experience sans latency, live reactions on webcams, and supporting maximum video streaming service.
Supported Service: YouTube, Netflix, Apple TV, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney, and many more.
Supports a range of streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime, Netflix, Screenshare, and more
Supports live reactions on webcams
Seamless performance without latency
Does not Support audio messages
Hefty selection of compatible streaming providers
Supports as many as 40 participants
You can avail different benefits when you sign up to become a patron with Twoseven. All the stages include additional benefits depending on your pack-
Social Distancer* pack at $3/month
Convivalist pack at $5/month
Connector pack at $10/month
Greater Sage pack at $20/month
SyncLounge is an impeccable platform that plays sync media. If you are a Plex user, this app has a dedicated co-watching app for Plex. SyncLounge allows access to the Plex library and enables you to create a private room for friends and family. Although SyncLounge uses its private server for passing data, its sync with Plex’s data is impressive. It also provides a platform to chat with the other members to create an interactive watching experience.
Automatically searches for available Plex media servers for similar contents
Syncs the Plex clients over the internet
Play the content directly in SyncLounge
Lacks interface themes
Lack of HTPC Support
All the features and functions are free. However, you need to register to use the services.
Watch all the Plex content with your friends and family
Chat and interact while watching
AnimeParty is solely dedicated to streaming Anime content. It enables you to watch and create private rooms to share with family and friends. The platform also has its own Anime library from where you can select your favorite show and start watching right away.
AnimeParty also has a group chat option where you can chat and interact with other users. It also has excellent playback sync that ensures you do not encounter any issues while streaming videos.
AnimeParty does not provide any service without registration.
You need to register to use the services and create rooms on this platform.
Designed by Mozilla labs, TogetherJS offers much more than streaming videos. It allows instant real-time collaboration for websites and applications as well. What sets it apart from other real-time collaborative systems is that it is absolutely free.
Supported Services: TogetherJS supports browsers like Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
Enables audio chat using WebRTC
Form Field Synchronization
Continue watching across multiple pages on sites
Requires WebSocket support
No HTTP-based fallback
Compulsory WebRTC requirements
TogetherJS offers all the services for free.
It does not support any paid version yet.
22. Caracal Club
Caracal Club allows streaming a virtual web browser. Therefore, Caracal Club works with every website, and you do not need to share your screen. The hosts are allowed to create public or private rooms and pass the controller or remote to whoever they want.
Although it does not allow for a voice and video chat option, it supports text chats for interactive sessions. Since it enables virtual web browsers, it has to run and encode videos from the browser and supports only a limited number of free rooms.
Supported Service: It supports browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.
It has an interactive text chat feature
Works very closely to the former Rabb.it
Can be used as a real virtual web browser to encode videos
Does not offer audio and video chat feature
Does not offer Chrome OS compatibility
Sometimes, Safari macOS does not work
Access to dedicated servers
20 hours user limit
Room duration 5 hours
Slower Fallback droplets
Access to dedicated Servers
Make room anytime
50 hours user limit
Room duration 7 hours
Slower fallback droplets
Access to dedicated Servers
Make room anytime
50 hours user limit
Room duration 7 hours
Faster fallback droplets
Tutturu.tv provides a shared browsing service where you can invite your friends to watch and take control over a shared browser. You can now visit any site you want. The platform is simple, and its layout is similar to discord. Tutturu.tv is a great alternative to Twoseven and Rabb.it.
Supported Services: YouTube, Anime, Reddit, and more.
Private rooms and virtual web browsers
Audio and text chat support
None spotted so far
Join watch parties
Share and create screens
Limit on the maximum number of hours
High traffic caveat
$5 monthly or $50 yearly
Skip the queue
TeamFlix is another screen-sharing platform that allows you to share your PC screen with your friends and loved ones to watch videos online. You can get a shareable link without signing up on TeamFlix. The link allows your friends and family to join your chat room and watch the video you are playing.
Supported services: Netflix, Vimeo, Reddit, Facebook, Imgur, and more.
Teamflix is a free platform.
Teamflix does not offer a paid version yet.
25. Surge Live
With strong tools, Surge gives you the best party watch experience. It uses proprietary technologies that connect all customers to the same video source and allows users to view their favorite videos from home to home with family and friends.
Surge Live allows streaming up to 4K Ultra High Definition, so don’t skip a single piece! Surge Live allows unrestricted users to be big or small in your group and not be charged for a membership to any space.
Supported Service: Hulu, Netflix, Tv, Anime, and more.
Unlimited users without subscription
Proprietary software that links all clients
4K ultra definition streaming
No problems have been reported so far
$5 monthly or $50 yearly
1080p stream quality
Exclusive badges and more
You can share your movie screen with this web application. CyTube is the light app without your data or bandwidth. It just adds to your film screen when you view it on your browser. You remain private to other screens, and no details are shared except the films you are prepared to watch together.
You can watch movies with your friends regardless of the gap with these apps.
Supported service: YouTube, media sharing, arbitrary channels.
Provides media synchronization
Available chat options
Google Drive integration
Needs extension to install
No audio or video chat option
It does not offer any service without registration.
You need to register to watch or share the videos.
27. Sync Video
If you want to watch videos with your friends through anonymity, it’s great for you. For your friends, you can conveniently watch videos online with a nickname.
You’ll get your own space after registering your nickname. You should allow friends to watch online videos. You can also generate new rooms or new nicknames at any time.
You can call friends to your room whenever you want using the “invite” option in the upper right corner of your page. Although this is an alternative for video sync, you can make your room public if you wish to.
It offers its service for free. All you need to do is register.
It does not offer any paid service yet.
It is an open-source platform to stream videos from YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, and more. It is easy to navigate and provides a decent viewing experience for friends and families. However, it does not support any interaction feature. You can easily create and join a room using the link. The service is free of cost and does not require registration to play and stream videos.
Supported Services: Netflix, Vimeo, Facebook Watch, and more.
Does not require registration
Supports desktop browsers
Does not support interactive rooms
Limited support services
Wavering video quality
Turtle.tv provides free services.
It does not provide paid services.
Scener lets you talk with friends and watch movies and TV shows. Hang out in a video chat or host a party of friends for film nights regardless of how far away you go. It supports a range of browsers and platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, and iPhone. You can easily choose shows and videos to watch together. It also includes features like GIFs, emojis, and more to make movie nights fun.
Hearo is your large interactive platform that you can share with friends in private or fans in public on high-quality full-screen videos. You can party with anyone; they are fully multi-channel. Hearo has simple volume adjustments for both video and speech. Click your phone to post animated emoji responses on-screen if words don’t suffice. You can invite family and friends to watch films, games, videos, and TV shows.
Supported Services: Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, Twitch, and more.
Voice interaction with up to 20 people
One of the biggest watch-party platform
Watch and cheer big games across platforms
Does not work on all devices
A heavy application that may cause the phone to crash
The Hearo.Live app is free to download.
It does not offer any paid version yet.
Watchparty.me is an excellent app to synchronize the video that everyone is watching in the room. It plays, pauses, skips, and syncs to all the viewers. Moreover, it allows you to create a room and share the link with your friends and families to invite them to the watch party. You can also watch video files by URL or stream a file from your computer.
Supported services: Browser files, computer files, URL, YouTube, and more.
Video and chat integration
Excellent media synchronization
No registration required to download
No issues have been detected so far
Watchparty.me is free to use for all.
It does not offer any paid service yet.
“Watch together with friends, is described as Popitalk! Popitalk is just what you need to watch along with your mates. It makes the text more exciting and friendly, and it is one of the finest Video & Film tools. It has its own video library with a number of movies, videos, anime, and educational videos that you can select to view. For several sites, including the web, Windows, Mac, Google Chrome, and Linux, there are more than 25 alternatives to Popitalk. The best choice is a free and open-source Metastream.
Jelly-party is another solid platform to sync videos, audios, and more to create a fantastic watch-party experience. It is an excellent app for video synchronization and also provides notifications with floating chat options. You will receive a notification anytime someone sends you a link, sends you a text, or starts a watch party. Users also have the option to change their “avatars”. The playback is updated within five seconds.
Supported Services: Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, and more.
No registration required
Free to use
Experimental video and audio chat feature
No problems have been detected so far
Jelly-party is a free product.
It does not offer any paid version so far.
You can watch YouTube with your friends synchronized with Synctube. This is a browser extension with which you can easily create new SyncTube lobbies and add videos to existing lobbies.
You can create a new SyncTube lobby from your open YouTube or HTML5 video connection with a single click. Send your opened YouTube video or HTML5 video link to an existing hall – the host lobbies are detected automatically!
To watch a movie or stream videos on Bingetogether, you don’t need any browser plugin. It is a free, easy, and great platform to synchronize videos and watch them together. As the name suggests, Bingetogether allows you to give binge-watching a shot with your friends. It supports audio chat for fun, interactive sessions. You can also easily create movie party URLs to send to friends and family and enjoy your binge party!
Supported Service: Netflix, Vimeo, Prime Video, YouTube, and Disney+.
Voice chat available
No browser plugin needed
Supports more than one streaming service
Needs an account with the streaming service
No video chat support
Bingetogether is free for all.
There is no premium membership for this platform.
Giggl.app is another interesting internet portal that allows you to browse the web together with your friends and family. You can not only watch and stream movies but also host meetings and create endless possibilities. Giggl provides a simplified browsing experience and is one of the fastest ways to connect people in real-time through shared content. It is an interactive solution to view something, chat, play games, host meetings, and perform other online activities.
Giggl.app is free and does not have any restricted service.
There are no premium plans launched so far.
To watch something on streamtogether.com, first, you need to download it on your phone or download the extension to your chrome to watch videos with your friends and family. Streamtogether creates a synchronized experience by syncing play, pause, and skip across all the viewer’s devices to create the best possible feeling of watching together.
Supported Service: Netflix, Vimeo, Prime, and more.
Supports several streaming platforms
Notifications for joining the watch party
Compulsory extension needed
No audio/video chat option
It is an open-source, free watch party platform.
There are no premium plans offered by this platform.
Dj3d is an open-source, free platform that offers a 3D room where you can stream YouTube, play games, watch movies, and do more without hassle. Dj3d is a simple, creative, and high-quality platform that syncs videos across devices and users to provide the best possible experience of a watch party.
Run live streams for gaming, cooking, teaching, and more
No cons have been detected so far
Dj3D is a free platform for streaming videos.
It does not offer any premium plans.
Vemos is dedicated to making movie nights simple, enjoyable, and easy in the comforts of your home. It supports several streaming services for free and has a full, built-in video chat feature that allows you to interact with your family and friends while watching movies and videos together. It is an open-source platform that allows in-time synchronization for everyone in the room.
Supported Service: Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more.
Built-in video chat room
Link sharing without registration
Needs Vemos extension
Does not work on any different site
Need relevant subscription to access the video
Vemos is entirely free of cost.
It does not offer any premium plan as of now.
40. Disney+ party (native)
GroupWatch was launched in 2020 and is a Disney Plus feature that allows you to view a movie, short, or television show title on the streaming platform with friends and family.
GroupWatch syncs streams so you can all have the same viewing experience, even if you cannot watch it personally together. Note that anyone you invite has to have a Disney Plus account to join, although you can stream up to four different profiles together on the same account.
The Disney Plus website or mobile app enables you to launch and join GroupWatch. You can also offer real-time reactions while looking at the smiley face icon by clicking or tapping.
After everyone joins, anyone can start the streaming
Anyone can leave the party without disrupting the others
Allows only up to six people for the watch party
Does not support native chat and video chat
Allows only one stream at a time
Movies that are not titled “premier access” can be watched by everyone.
If some movies are “crowned” or need “premier access”, you will need to pay to watch that movie or series.
41. Prime Video watch party (native)
The Prime video watch party solution allows synchronized playback of content, and there is a chat feature that helps party members to connect. Amazon’s Watch Party for Prime Video doesn’t fit on the service Android or iOS versions. It does not support the Fire TV Stick either. Amazon also says the feature is also not supported for Internet Explorer or Safari browsers.
Amazon invites a limit of 100 participants to participate in the Watch Party session. Furthermore, each delegate must have an Amazon Prime membership to join the list. The Watch Party functionality is only available on the desktop and is free of charge to all Prime Members at no extra cost to their membership. It’s only open on a web browser.
You need an Amazon Prime subscription to watch the videos with your group.
Mydisneypal.com has a decent user base of over 6000 people. It runs on an extension that allows users to watch Disney plus content free on the platform. My Disney Pal enables synchronization across the media platforms and includes a chat feature along with cool reactions that makes your Disney watch party fun, interactive, and exciting. Overall, it is an excellent platform to watch Disney plus movies and videos online with friends and family.
2020 was a challenging year that had most people turning to virtual spaces for connection and comfort. Video-talking platforms, social media live communication, and social media streaming – we grasped for distractions and interaction through our devices.
By the time June 2020 came around, the online world had baked so much banana bread and done so many TikTok challenges that all we wanted was to spend some time with our friends and family who we couldn’t see in person.
As a result, group watching platforms like NetflixParty and StreamParty have been in great demand. But, will this trend stick around after the pandemic?
Social Viewing Platforms In The Time Of Coronavirus
Required to social distance and stay home, our favorite social activities were no longer available to us. No going to social gatherings, no dinners at restaurants, and no movie nights. People had to find creative ways to stay occupied and connected.
While bingeing a couple of series on your own certainly occupies your time, sometimes doing it on your own just didn’t have the same kick as enjoying all the drama with somebody else. And that’s where the potential of social viewing or group watching platforms came in to save the day.
But, users did not just want to stream their favorite stuff, they also wanted to get back some of their quality time with friends and family.
So, it was no surprise when Twitter shared this stat, “The terms ‘Watch party” and ‘Netflix party’ have risen over 500% on Twitter in Canada.” Group watching spaces, like StreamParty, allowed viewers to stream content from different platforms with their friends and family, giving them access to their community when they needed it most. It’s no wonder platforms like these have grown so much.
Will There Be Demand Post-COVID-19?
It may seem a little like an unsustainable fad, set to end when COVID-19 comes to an end… But, we wouldn’t write group-watching off so quickly.
Think about all the social platforms we already used pre-COVID and how important they have become in our day-to-day. Video calls, video conferences, social media, tons of platforms we’ve used to connect with people all over the world. The pandemic may have increased the demand for some of these platforms but many people were already using them.
It’s the same with group-watching sites. It’s no new idea (Facebook launched their version of the feature in 2018) but now that people are more aware of its value, it may also become a permanent part of our lifestyle.
Plus, living within the pandemic is changing people’s social behaviors, which may mean that more people will even opt to have online screenings instead of physical ones in the future.
There are so many instances in which online group watching may suit people more than in-person visits. Think about long-distance relationships, people who get overwhelmed in crowded places like cinemas, people with disabilities, and even your average movie genre lovers.
So many people can benefit from streaming movies or series virtually instead of having to physically go somewhere. It eliminates all types of barriers while bringing people together.
Beyond how we imagine group watching now, virtual reality and augmented reality can change streaming entirely. Imagine meeting your friends in a virtual reality world and experiencing the series together – all from the comfort of your couch. So, as it stands, the possibilities for group watching after COVID-19 are endless.
How To Make The Most Of Your Virtual Movie Nights
So far, this article’s been a lot of chat about how group streaming platforms gained popularity and whether that popularity will last. Now, let’s see how you can use StreamParty to improve your time spent indoors right now.
How To Create A StreamParty Account
Go to the StreamParty Website and select ‘Register’.
Download StreamParty’s browser extension, available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox for macOS or Windows.
To open the extension, click ‘Create StreamParty.’
How To Create A Group Streaming Party
Log in to your account or register using the steps above.
Choose the content source you want to stream from. Ie: Netflix.
Play any show in the window that pops up on the left side of your screen.
Make your party private (only invited friends can join) or public (anyone can join).
Choose a Party name and a starting time.
You’ll get a link to share with the friends you want to invite.
How To Join A StreamParty
Click on the invite link.
Select ‘Join Party’ and the platform will automatically load your flick for you.
Once everybody has joined, the video will stay in sync and leave nobody behind.
You and your mates can use live chats or in-app video calls to discuss what you’re watching. #FilmCriticsWorldwide. You can comment live using the extension, and the chat room will pause your movie if you want to see each other’s faces mid-movie.
The scheduling function means nobody can make excuses for not pitching. You can decide what you want to stream, set the time, and share your link in advance.
If you miss being out in public and meeting new people, you can join public screenings.
There are additional features available within the range of pricing plans. The Free plan allows you to have unrestricted public parties, video calls in private sessions, and up to 4 hours of hosted private parties with up to 3 people. You can also upgrade to Premium and BusinessLite, or top-up a free plan to get some of the superior features.
In A Nutshell
Many co-watching platforms have emerged in 2020. From Instagram Co-watching to Twitter’s version of the feature, digital businesses took note of the need to link up. So, this area of streaming will surely continue to develop.
Right now, 2021 requires us to keep our 2020 values. Many still have to stay home and social distance. Frankly, there is no better way to keep sane indoors than to stay in touch with your loved ones and watch a movie together.
watch streams with friends and people you care about
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