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New App Lets You Watch Netflix Shows With Friends During Covid-19 Lockdown

New App Lets You Watch Netflix Shows With Friends During Covid-19 Lockdown

It can be easy to feel lonely as we practice social distancing to limit the spread of coronavirus - but thankfully help is at hand.

Netflix Party is a new Chrome browser extension that allows you to watch your favourite Netflix shows along with your friends. What's more, it's completely free.

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It syncs the movie or TV show so you're all watching in tandem and don't lag behind each other when you take bathroom breaks. Arguably the best bit is a chat function alongside the video player to share your spicy hot takes as the programme airs.

Whether you're rewatching Friends, dipping your toe into Studio Ghibli's back catalogue or jumping out of your skin watching A Quiet Place, viewing experiences are always better when shared.

The chat function lets you share your Hopper love with friends while you watch. Credit: Netflix Party
The chat function lets you share your Hopper love with friends while you watch. Credit: Netflix Party

Since we may no longer be able to sit through a movie with friends and family in-person, this is the next best thing.

The description on Netflix Party's website reads: "Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronises video playback and adds group chat to your favourite Netflix shows.

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"Join over 500,000 people and use Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long-distance movie nights and TV watch parties today!"

Anyone for a long-distance Spenser Confidential movie night? Credit: Netflix
Anyone for a long-distance Spenser Confidential movie night? Credit: Netflix

The extension is only available on Google Chrome.

Here's what you need to do to download it: follow this link and select 'Install Netflix Party'. You'll be redirected to the Google Chrome store, where you'll need to select 'Add To Chrome' to finish installing the extension.

To start a Netflix Party viewing sesh, you just need to start watching something on Netflix and select the 'NP' icon next to the web address bar on your browser.

You need to select the NP icon next to web address to start your hangout. Credit: Netflix Party
You need to select the NP icon next to web address to start your hangout. Credit: Netflix Party

Then select 'Start Party', which will create a URL which you can share with your friends to invite them to the long-distance movie night.

You friends then just need to click the link you sent them, which will redirect them to the Netflix show you're watching. If they then press the 'NP' icon on their browser, they'll be added to the hangout.

Happy bingeing, folks!

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Topics: TV and Film, coronavirus, Netflix