Missing movies with your friends?

KEEP IN TOUCH: Host a movie night with your friends in real time and make sure you don't miss out. Photo: Shutterstock.
KEEP IN TOUCH: Host a movie night with your friends in real time and make sure you don't miss out. Photo: Shutterstock.

While the benefits of being home alone at the moment are many, it can get tiresome watching movies on your own. Not to mention eating that entire bucket of popcorn you just made.

If you and your friends are missing your usual movie nights and get togethers, then perhaps it's time to get onto Netflix Party.

Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix movies and shows with your friends online. The special features that make this app stand out is that it synchronises video playback and adds a group chat to your favourite Netflix shows. There are currently more than one million people internationally using Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long-distance movie nights and TV watch parties and this number is expected to grow as lockdown continues.

The app is a browser extension for Google Chrome. It allows users to sync Netflix video playback which can be watched on multiple screens or computers. It is easy to configure as long as everyone has downloaded the extension.

You can install Netflix Party going to https://www.netflixparty.com and clicking on the install button on the front page. You will be redirected to the Chrome web store where you will click "add to Chrome" to finish installing the app.

Then go to Netflix's website. Choose any show you would like to watch and start playing the video.

Create your own party by clicking on the red "NP" icon next to the address bar. Click 'start party" to get going and share the URL to invite friends. Once loading is done then pause the video and click on the red NP button which you will find on top right side of your window. This will generate a link now you can share this link and invite your friends in your room to watch movies together.

To join a party, click on the party URL, which will redirect to Netflix's website. Click "NP" next to the address bar and you automatically join the party.

Netflix Party, in addition to sharing the screen together also allows users to interact with each other with a simple text chat interface.

One of the biggest advantages of using Netflix party is that only one member needs to download the extension. All other friends can use the same extension to view movies and videos. One who doesn't have the Netflix subscription can also join the room. But as Netflix party is a browser extension everyone has to watch it through chrome and have to stick to their PCs.