Tips on How to Watch Netflix with Your Friends during Lockdown
This is a guest post written by Brad Smith
Brad Smith is a technology expert at TurnOnVPN, a non-profit promoting a safe, secure, and censor-free internet. He writes about his dream for a free internet and unravels the horror behind big techs.
The coronavirus outbreak has made widespread social distancing necessary. In most parts of the world, authorities have ordered movie theatres, bars, restaurants, and other social spaces closed to combat the spread of the deadly virus. Residents have been forced to self-isolate and work from home where possible.
So, what can you do with all that time we have quarantining? Well, you can stay at home and binge-watch movies and TV shows on Netflix — with your friends.
That’s right. Even as you try to avoid public places and coronavirus, you can still spend some quality time with friends and loved ones as you bond over movies and TV shows on Netflix safely. Do not let the Covid-19 pandemic keep you from enjoying a good watch party with your loved ones. In this article, we look at the 5 Netflix features that elevate your streaming experience while staying at home self-isolating. Read on.
A new browser extension for Google Chrome is making it possible for people to host virtual movie nights on Netflix. Netflix Party turns streaming on Netflix into a place where people can enjoy themselves as a group while separated. Friends and family can revel in their favorite movies and series on the popular streaming service without worrying about getting each other sick. It’s simple, download the extension from Google Chrome, install it, and log into your Netflix account.
Looking for a way to watch Netflix movies and TV shows as a community? Scener is another excellent option to consider. You can watch Netflix with a group of up to ten people when using Scener. This lightweight tool has you covered when it comes to virtual movie night or date night this lockdown season. Scener features HD video chat allowing you to share every moment as if you were sitting right next to each other.
TwoSeven is another great service that allows users to watch streaming content with friends and loved ones, no matter where they are in the world. With TwoSeven, you can gather as many people as you like for your watch party. The browser extension uses your webcams to facilitate live chats and real-time reactions when watching. The TwoSeven browser extension is available on both Google Chrome and Firefox.
Only available in the beta version, Metastream is a handy tool that allows people to watch streaming media with friends and family. This browser extension allows you to watch Netflix and other streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon, etc. with your friends and family as you chat in real-time. Metastream browser extension is available for Google Chrome and Firefox users.
A VPN to Unblock Restricted Content on Netflix
Last but not least, VPN. Short for Virtual Private Network, VPN is a service that offers an encrypted internet connection over public Wi-Fi networks. A VPN also hides your IP address and allows you to connect to a server in a different region effectively changing your virtual location. VPN service allows you to watch movies and TV shows that are blocked in your country. Downloading a VPN expands your library of movies and TV shows on Netflix to a great extent.
For instance, if you are a big fan of the popular British show Doctor Who (which is only available on Netflix UK), you can use your VPN to connect to a server in the UK where you will be able to access Doctor Who episodes. You can do the same for other geo-blocked Netflix TV shows and movies such as Star Trek: Discovery (available on Netflix everywhere except the United States and Canada), and Blackadder (only available on Netflix UK).
The Covid-19 epidemic has us trapped in our homes with nothing to do — in most cases. However, there are things we can do to feel less isolated as we self-isolate and practice social distancing. If you love watching movies and series on Netflix, you don’t have to do it alone. You can gather a few friends and loved ones for a movie night and watch together using these tools.