9 best ways to watch movies together on Netflix, Disney, Hulu and other platforms

As the year-end holiday of 2021 kicks off with Halloween, you may be eager for the experience of watching a horror movie or holiday TV show with friends or family members in front of a glowing screen. However, if you can’t see them with your own eyes, or if they are too far away, don’t worry. We live in an Internet age where almost all available streaming media platforms are full of choices.

Once upon a time, the preferred option for watching movie nights with remote friends was Rabb.it, a video streaming website that allowed users to play their own screens for others, or log in to an account with a built-in virtual browser. The service has since entered the great Internet (press F to pay tribute), but fortunately, there are heirs to the Rabb.it legacy-despite their pros and cons, because none of them have the exact screen sharing technology for the service. With the introduction of more officially recognized viewing party options, there really is no one that can do all of this, but here are your options:

Phone party: The application was formerly known as Netflix Party

What does it support? Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and HBO

Does everyone need to have their own account? Yes

How can I use it? The Chrome extension was formerly known as Netflix Party and recently expanded to include Disney Plus, Hulu, and HBO.Teleparty now allows you to stream Muppet Haunted House, Or anything else you need for your Halloween party. After installing the Chrome extension, navigate to the streaming service of your choice and click on the extension in the corner. This will start a room, and then you will send the link. Teleparty supports group chat function, but it does not come with video. You can even choose your own small avatar. The capacity depends on the current state of the server (so some restrictions are expected during the holidays), but in an ideal situation, this bad boy can hold up to 1,000 people, if you know that many people. Teleparty is available in every country/region where Netflix is ​​available. However, before watching with international friends, be sure to check if the movie you are watching is available in their country.

Image: Netflix Party

What does it support? Hulu — but only Hulu (no ads) and Hulu (no ads) + live TV layer

Does everyone need to have their own Hulu account? Yes, not only that, they all need to have Hulu (no ads) or Hulu (no ads) + live TV layer

hulu UX, showing options for watching the party

Picture: Calabash

How can I use it? Hulu Watch Party is directly integrated into Hulu and can be activated via a small icon located on the title detail page, near the bottom of the screen. From there, click “Start Watching” and share the link using the chain icon. Not all games have this option, but according to Hulu, “thousands of on-demand movies and shows” are available. Games not supported by Hulu Watch Party include live TV and advanced add-ons, such as Starz content. With Watch Party, up to eight people can watch Hulu together.

Group observation: Official Disney Plus selection

What does it support? Disney Plus

Does everyone need to have their own Disney Plus account? Yes

Disney plus groupwatch function

Picture: Disney Plus

How can I use it? GroupWatch is part of the Disney Plus experience. Navigate to a title on Disney Plus and click on the small GroupWatch icon next to the Star Watching button located at the bottom of the screen. The next screen will prompt you to send the invitation link to up to six other people. Unlike other options, GroupWatch does not have a chat function. Instead, you use small emojis to react to critical moments. Another disadvantage of GroupWatch is that it is designed for users in the same country and cannot be used internationally.

What does it support? Main video

Does everyone need to have their own streaming media account? Yes

Main video user interface with group watch icon

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How can I use it? Just like other official options, this option is built directly into the title itself. Navigate to the title on Prime Video and click the “Watch Party” icon at the bottom of the screen to the right of the “Watch Now” button. Enter your name and send the invitation link. The chat room is right next to it. If you want, you can also scan the QR code to watch on Fire TV and chat on your mobile device.

closet: Experience the vast realm of Tubi

What does it support? Tubi and YouTube, but a premium account will allow you to screen sharing and give you access to Kast’s own library.

Does everyone need to have their own streaming account? No, but you need to create a free account for Kast.

A screenshot of Kast, featuring the Smiths

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How can I use it? For whatever reason, various Rabb.it Chrome extensions are still running, but the link redirects to Kast. It’s not exactly the same, but Kast is very powerful, even if the choice is limited to YouTube and Tubi in the basic plan. Just create an account, start a party, and browse the options. Then you can send the invitation link. Kast also allows video chat and text-based messaging.

Scenes: Be the master you want to meet in the world

What does it support? Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, HBO Max, YouTube, Vimeo, Shudder, Alamo, Showtime, Hotstar, Hulu (no ads), Funimation (no ads)

Does everyone need to have their own streaming platform account? Yes

Scene screenshot

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How can I use it? The advantage of Scener is that in addition to a comfortable private party that can accommodate up to 10 people, you can also use it for larger public viewings of up to 1 million-if you want to try hosting, this is the perfect choice Rocky Horror or cat Or any other movie that really benefits from the participation of a large number of loyal fans. Become the Elvira you have always dreamed of being!

To activate the Scener room, you need to create your own account and download the Chrome extension. From there, navigate to the home page and you will be prompted to create a public or private room. You can also schedule activities in advance.

What does it support? YouTube, Vimeo and Twitch

Does everyone need to have their own streaming platform account? No, but mainly because it does not really support streaming media platforms.

Photo: Petrana Radulovic/Watch2Gether

How can I use it? If you want to listen to the next episode of your favorite podcast with your friends, immerse yourself in the same music, or just browse the same Wikipedia bugs together, Watch2Gether is perfect for you. This does not require any fancy Chrome extensions (probably because it has the most limited scope), but it is suitable for simple sharing. Just start a room, load a link, and use the person icon at the bottom of the screen to share the room. The chat options are located in the lower right corner. You can also enable the camera for some real-time reactions.

Erqi: Fill the gaps in Teleparty

What does it support? YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, Vimeo, Apple TV, Crunchyroll, uploaded videos (Hulu and Disney Plus with Patreon option)

Does everyone need to have their own streaming media platform account? Yes

Image: TwoSeven

How can I use it? Teleparty does not cover all streaming services, but TwoSeven bridges some huge gaps like Crunchyroll.

To view anything you need to log in to your account (you must install the extension. You must also manually enter the Chrome extension’s settings to make it work exclusively with Netflix. After installation, you will be able to play directly in the TwoSeven browser you want The content you want. Another benefit of TwoSeven is that you can also upload the movie files you want to watch; it’s time to revisit the iMovie files of high school, such as the music video microeconomics class you made, about Four principles(Not that I have a floating or anything.) The biggest benefit of TwoSeven is that in addition to regular chats, it also supports video and audio, so it is perfect if you want to see friendly faces.

Metaflow: Shared queue experience

What does it support? Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, SoundCloud, Twitch, Reddit and Google (?)

Does everyone need to have their own streaming platform account? Yes

How can I use it? This is especially suitable for timeless party events that load YouTube and watch old music videos and Vine compilations.once Chrome extension (Or Firefox) is installed, navigate to the Metastream window and add the media you want by clicking the sidebar. This is a bit unstable for Netflix, it will pop up in a separate window, but everything else can be added by copying and pasting the link. If you have trouble using Hulu or Crunchyroll, you must adjust some Chrome extension settings. (Details in FAQ of Yuanliu.) A cool feature of Metastream is that you can queue up the media, which really brings the entire experience of “watching old online videos together” to life.

After starting the session, click the invitation icon to get the sharing link. From there, use the “Add Media” button in the center to add media (or to the side if something is already playing). There is chat, but audio or video is not supported.