As the threat of the novel coronavirus continues to grow, people across the globe are staying in to practice social distancing with the hopes of avoiding and/or spreading COVID-19. Since folks are unable to go out and hang with their friends, people have been finding new ways to spend time together virtually. Thankfully, "Netflix Party" has returned, and it allows you and your pals to consume content on the streaming service together. The "Netflix Party" plugin can be installed on Google Chrome browsers and allows for synced up Netflix viewing parties around the world, complete with a chatbox!
It should be noted that this plugin is not officially from Netflix and does require each participant to have their own Netflix login. To get started, visit the Netflix Party website and install the plugin (again, a Google Chrome exclusive plugin), simple as that! From there, go to Netflix via Chrome and pick what you want to start watching and play the video, then click the "NP" plugin button on the address bar and then "Start Party" to generate a URL for your viewing mates. Then distribute the URL to them which will bring them to Netflix where they should then click the "NP" button again to join the party.
In the parties, users are able to fully customize the event with user icons, nicknames, emojis, GIFs, and a chat box to talk about the program. The plugin will maintain the fidelity of the video quality and stay synced up across all party members, even allowing for simultaneous pausing and un-pausing.
Now that more people are using Netflix Party, they've taken to Twitter to discuss the plugin. Here are some tweets from people sharing their experiences and others looking for some new friends to watch Netflix with...
The New "Netflix And Chill"
quarantine got me so bored i’m about to send that “netflix party & chill” text to my ex— hafsa (@hafsamalikxo) March 19, 2020
"So Much Fun"
Y'all, get that Netflix Party chrome extension. It's so much fun and a really good way to spend some time with the homies. pic.twitter.com/zROZESimq3— house of levas (@__houseofleaves) March 19, 2020
Hang With Your Boo...
Netflix party date with my boo 🖤 pic.twitter.com/xs0oqDrXLd— J🌻 (@ziz4mccabe) March 19, 2020
...Or Your Squad
Netflix Party with the girls 🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/yxRU5XFWoE— azz ita 🍑 (@nikkkkkkm) March 18, 2020
A New Way To Party
Who wants to quarantine, get drunk and watch horror movies on Netflix party?— 𝔐𝔞𝔥𝔦𝔦 👑🐝 (@desiidiiva) March 19, 2020
Hey @netflix , you guys are doing awesome meeting the demands of the people.
If possible, can I make a request:— Mr. Kida (@MrThomasKida) March 18, 2020
Can you add The Great Gatsby (2013) to your library so I can watch it with my students using Netflix Party? That’d really help the English teachers out. Thanks!
The New "I Love You"
"i love you"
- no emotion
- for plain white bitches
- no meaning in quarantine
"do you want to watch haikyuu together on Netflix party?"— liv ☼ (@yuusunari) March 19, 2020
- emotionally captivating
- shows love despite in quarantine
- guaranteed to find ur soulmate
- look at volleyball ass
Keep An Eye Out For Invites
Since this plugin isn't officially sanctioned by Netflix there may be some worry that it could get taken down, especially with its surge in popularity as the world practices self-quarantining, but the app has been available since 2016 so the likelihood of a sudden shutdown (which doesn't break any Netflix rules, promote account sharing, or illegally use trademarks) seems unlikely.
For those who are worried about the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC offers a litany of tips, including covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding large gatherings or close contact with people who are sick, and washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Have you used Netflix Party yet? Tell us in the comments!
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