The pandemic is making something as normal as meeting friends to go to the movies or watch movies at home has become a rarity, especially now that lockdowns are back and there is a maximum group limit. However, there is still a lot we can do to stay connected and try to simulate what we did before.
Today we are going to tell you how to share a viewing of a movie or series in Netflix, HBO, Disney + or Plex, so that the playback is fully synchronized and can be discussed, which will allow, for example, to take a break to go to the bathroom or make popcorn.
TeleParty: Enjoy a synchronized viewing of HBO, Netflix, Hulu and Disney + in the browser
TeleParty is a free extension for Google Chrome that allows us to automatically synchronize the playback of a series or movie on Netflix. It is very easy to install and use, and it also includes a group chat.
Once we have installed it, we will simply have to log into our Netflix account in the browser and select the content that we want to play. At that time, we will have to click on the “TP” icon to create a “party” and invite our friends through a URL.
We have tested it in both Chrome and Microsoft Edge, and it has worked perfectly in both browsers. Therefore, it is expected that it will also work for you if you use some other browser that is based on Chromium and is compatible with Chrome extensions.
Disney + has GroupWatch, its own service
GroupWatch is a recently launched Disney + feature that allows a group of friends to watch the same content in sync, ideal for watching the start of the second season of ‘The Mandalorian’, whose first episode is so popular.
GroupWatch is integrated into apps and web and works through links, unlike TeleParty or other similar extensions, which cannot be enjoyed on devices that do not have a Chromium-based browser. With GroupWatch we will generate a room that can be accessed with a link, it must be generated from the web or from the smartphone app, but the synchronized content can be played on a Chromecast or on a Smart TV, for example.
Yes indeed, GroupWatch will not be worth, for example, to be able to see Mulan at a lower cost when dividing it between accounts, because in that case each account will have to have purchased it independently. Something very interesting is that in the room you can react to moments of playback with emojis and more.
‘Watch with friends’, the Plex feature
With Plex the good thing is that we can choose any video from our library, something ideal because in addition to movies or series we can choose to watch a family video in a synchronized way, for example, something that can come in handy at Christmas or in times when a meeting would have happened.
The function that allows this is called ‘Watch with friends‘, and is available on the web and on the clients of the following devices: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS and Roku. While watching content, any participant in the viewing can pause to start playback, as well as skip or delete content within the playback timeline.
To make playback possible, It is necessary for each member to have one of the designated clients, and that the person who is going to serve it invite the rest of the participants, in addition to having the latest version of Plex Server. From there, ‘Watch with friends’ allows anyone to control the playback.