Few things are better than a day spent hanging out with friends binge-watching your favorite shows on Netflix. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get everyone in the same room. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you and your friends can watch Netflix together.
We have discovered nine different ways you can watch Netflix with friends right now, no matter where in the world they’re located.
Some of these apps let you watch Netflix with your friends within the app itself, while others are simply video messaging services that you can connect to while you all watch the same show together.
Rabbit is a website you can use to watch just about any source of video with friends. You can also create or join live “rooms” to see what others are watching.
When you join a room you’ll see the video playing on the main portion of your browser, and on the right hand side there is an area for people in the room to chat. It’s perfect for making the clever quips you’re known for while watching movies and TV shows.
Due to the way Netflix is set up, it sometimes doesn’t work on Rabbit, most commonly if you or one of your friends is in a country other than the U.S. In that case, there is a handy Rabbit extension for Google Chrome that should clear things up.
Netflix Party is an extension for Google Chrome that automatically syncs Netflix video playback and also adds a group chat feature. The extension is extremely easy to install and use, the only caveat being that you must use Google Chrome, which might be a turnoff for some.
Once the extension is installed, simply open Netflix in your browser and begin playing a video. Then click the small “NP” button that appears next to the browser’s address bar, and your Netflix party will begin.
The nice thing about this extension is that it syncs the video for you and your friend, meaning you know you’re watching the exact same thing at the exact same time.
Download — Netflix Party for Google Chrome (Free)
Showgoers is yet another Chrome extension, The main difference being that everyone must have a Netflix account and the extension installed on their browser.
Once everything is set up, however, this is one of the best ways to watch Netflix with friends far away. All you have to do is start a movie or show on Netflix, and then share a URL link with anyone you’d like to watch that content with.
One of the best features of Showgoers is the way it allows everyone who is watching to click Play or Pause, as well as Rewind and Fast-Forward.
The extension even works if you don’t have friends with Netflix. You can browse through public watching parties to view movies and shows with others who have the same tastes.
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Rabbit, Netflix Party, and Showgoers are the three main ways you can actually sync Netflix with your friends remotely. All three require you to install Google Chrome, which may not always be an option.
Here are six other services you can use to get similar results, although you and your friend(s) will need to sync your content manually.
While Watch2Gether doesn’t support Netflix specifically, it allows you to browse the internet in-sync with friends all over the world and watch videos from other sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
You can also use the site to shop for items together on Amazon, and organize all of your shared content into playlists.
Watch2Gether does have a built-in chat room and supports webcam video chats. That means if you and your friend both have Netflix, you could each watch on your own and then use Watch2Gether to chat about the movie or show while also browsing the web together.
The site also has its own Google Chrome extension to make watching with friends even easier.
For years Kik has been one of the best online chat services around, and it’s a great tool to use while watching Netflix movies or shows with a friend who isn’t sitting on the same couch as you.
Kik has all of the features you’d expect from a top-tier chatting service, such as a wide range of emojis, the ability to easily share photos, and also a library of GIFs. In fact, GIFs are a great way to express your emotions when a big moment happens in the movie or show you’re watching.
Google Hangouts is great because it works across devices, including your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, both on iOS and Android. Also, not only does the service allow you to quickly and easily text chat, you can make video or voice calls too.
So, once you and your friends have synced your Netflix video, you can set up a group video chat or phone call so you can discuss what’s happening in real time. After your Netflix movie or show is over, you can also use Google Hangouts to watch videos on YouTube in-sync with your connected friends.
Gaze is a service designed to help you watch videos with friends who are far away. While it doesn’t directly connect to Netflix, it does have a number of similar features of services previously mentioned here.
You can use Gaze to watch YouTube videos together in sync. Actually, you can watch any video together in sync with your friends, as you have the video saved as a file on your device.
Gaze also has chatting and video call features, meaning you can use it talk to your friend in real time while you each have Netflix streaming in the background.
Use — Gaze on Web (Free)
Originally developed for coworkers to connect more easily, MashMeTV is an in-browser video calling service that can connect you to your friends and let you chat about whatever you’re watching on Netflix. It allows you to easily log in using your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account.
The free version of MashMeTV gives you 10 hours of video sharing and chatting per month, and the ability to connect up to five participants at once. The basic version costs $8-per-month and gives you 18 hours of chatting time with up to eight participants, while the pro version costs $15 per month and gives you 36 hours of chatting with up to 10 people.
Use — MashMeTV on Web (Free up to 10 hours per month)
Synaptop is an online service that allows you to do all things internet with others, including watch movies and TV, listen to music, play games and read books.
The service can be accessed from any web browser, and it features both video and text chat so you can make your comments during a movie or show. You can even pause, rewind or fast-forward in sync with your friends.
Use — Synaptop on Web (Free)
Which Shows Will You Binge-Watch With Friends?
If your best friend has moved away it doesn’t mean that movie night has to end. Likewise, if you make a new friend online, you don’t have to wait to meet up in person to enjoy a movie night together.
Instead, you can use any of these nine services to watch all of your favorite Netflix shows and movies together, no matter where you are in the world. And if you’re in two different countries and don’t happen to have access to all the same shows, you could always use a VPN service to solve your Netflix woes.
Just make sure you consider the amount of data that video streaming uses so you don’t end up with extra costs.
Have you ever used any of the apps listed above? If so, which one? Do you use a different app to watch Netflix with faraway friends? If so we’d love to hear about it, so please let us know in the comments below.