The confinement period currently imposed is conducive to binge watching , or burst viewing in French. But rather than watching films and series alone in your corner, why not watch the same program with others, but from a distance? This is what Netflix Party offers , a browser extension available only on Google Chrome, which allows multiple users to synchronize the playback of a Netflix program.
To work, the extension must be installed in everyone participating in this private cinema session. Everyone, connected to their own Netflix account, can then join the synchronized playback of a movie or series by clicking on a simple link. It is even possible to react live within an integrated instant messaging system.
1. Download Netflix Party
To watch the same thing with others, you will have to go through the Google Chrome web browser. The Netflix Party extension is indeed only available on this browser. However, it should be possible to use it also on Chromium-based browsers that accept the installation of Chrome extensions, as is the case, for example, for the new Microsoft Edge. Each participant must install the extension before they can start synchronized playback of a video.
2. Start playing content
Log into your Netflix account, choose a program and start playing it. The program must start for the extension to work.
At the top right of the Chrome window, where all the extensions installed on your browser are grouped together, click the NP button. If you wish, it is possible to make it so that only you can control the playback of the program.
To do this, you will need to check the Only I have the control box . If you do not check this option, everyone invited to watch the movie with you will be able to control the playback of the video. Then click on Start the party .
3. Share the reading
After activating Netflix Party, a link should be displayed. It is this URL that you must copy and send to your loved ones, by email, instant messaging, or via social networks, so that they can watch the program with you.
Natively, Netflix Party includes a Chat allowing each participant to react live. If you don’t want to be disturbed while reading, uncheck the Show chat box .
4. Watch the movie simultaneously
Once all participants are logged into Netflix Party, you should see them appear directly in the Chat window. You can personalize your profile and enter your name by clicking directly on the avatar which you can also modify.
When everyone is ready, return the play cursor to the beginning and start playing.
The program should start for all users logged into Netflix Party. Everyone can then put in Play / Pause for all other users.
Only playback settings can be controlled by other users if you have not checked the Only I have the control box shown in step 2. Playback options, such as language or subtitles will remain as each. defined them on his Netflix account.