Watch party Apps allow watching movies together in sync with friends or family, regardless of location. So, whether you are in a long-distance relationship with your partner, or friends, watch your favorite movies or TV shows together on streaming platforms.

It’s always the most fun to watch movies or binge-watch TV series with friends and family hunkering down on the couch. But the distance has made us miss those moments and enjoy them. 

Technological advancement has enabled us to watch online content with our loved ones without travel. Multiple online services, i.e., watch parties, will sync the videos you are watching and stay connected throughout. 

How Do Watch Parties Work?

The first step is selecting an app to watch movies with friends. Everyone needs an active subscription to the same streaming application, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. For most applications, you need a computer and a Google Chrome browser to work. 

Once you have logged on to your devices and applications, you can start watching a movie together. The watch party services sync the video for everyone watching. If one person pauses, it gets paused for everyone. The service lets you chat with friends while watching the movie. Some applications allow video chat. You can enjoy commentary with friends, making the moment extremely enjoyable.   

Here are some of the most preferred apps for watching online movies.

TeleParty

TeleParty, previously Netflix party, is a chrome browser extension that allows you to watch movies or TV shows on Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, or Amazon Prime. It must be installed only on one computer and lets you create a watch party link to share with your friends or family. 

Requirement

  • Everyone needs a Chrome browser installed on their computer.
  • Teleparty Chrome extension is needed on one computer.
  • Access to Netflix streaming application.

How does it work?

Download the TeleParty extension on your chrome browser. After it is installed, open Netflix and start playing the movie you want to watch. The next is a unique link by pausing the video and sharing it with others. Teleparty synchronizes video playing on the streaming applications. 

Benefits

Teleparty Chrome extension needs to be installed on one computer only. Not everyone needs it to watch movies together remotely. Another benefit is that everyone doesn’t need a Netflix subscription as well. 

Amazon Prime Watch Party

Amazon Prime Watch Party lets you watch movies with your loved ones on Amazon Prime. It enables you to watch with up to 100 friends or family and chat with them at once. You can watch any movie or TV show included with Prime.

Requirement

Everyone watching the video must be in the same country as the host, a prime member, or at least have purchased the video.

How does it work?

Select a movie or TV show that you and others want to watch. Click on the watch party icon on your Amazon Prime to create your watch party and enter your name. You can send a watch party invite to up to 100 people through a link. Once everyone has joined, the host can play, pause, skip or stop the movie.

Benefits

It can work on multiple browsers except for Safari or Internet Explorer. This watch party lets you watch movies with up to 100 people and chat with them simultaneously—no need to download any plug-ins or extensions to get started with the Amazon watch party.

Scener

Scener is a Chrome extension that allows up to ten people to join and watch movies together on streaming platforms. The app comes with a live chat and video call feature.

Requirement

Everyone must have a laptop or computer with internet access, a microphone, a webcam, and a subscription to the streaming platform.

How does it work?

Download and install the Scener chrome extension on your desktop device. The next step is to add all your friends already on the platform by searching their names and clicking the ‘Add Friend’ button. It allows the user with a remote to play, pause, skip, rewind or stop the movie. The virtual remote can be passed to others by moving the cursor to the person’s name and clicking the remote button.

Benefits

Scener allows watching videos on multiple platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu (No Ads), Disney+, HBO Max, YouTube, and more. Through Scener, you can chat, or video call your friends to see their faces and reactions while watching a movie. Another unique benefit is watching movies with strangers, just like a movie theater through a scheduled public watch party.

Chrome Watch Party

Chrome Watch Party is a free tool for watching movies or tv shows from your favorite streaming services.

Requirement

It is compatible with Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Google Chrome browser.

How does it work?

Download the chrome extension, Firefox add-on, or Microsoft edge add-on on your respective browser. Click on the Watch Party icon and fill in three text fields required to create or join a party. 

Benefits

The chrome watch party is a completely free tool. The platform syncs movies or TV shows from several streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. It allows group video or audio chats and has unlimited gif to offer for chats. Chats are automatically deleted after 24 hours.

Rave

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Rave is a free app enabling users to watch movies or Google photos together while talking or chatting with each other.

Requirement

It requires users to have a Rave account and access to the same streaming service.

How does it work?

One of the users can create a room by sending an invitation to others through a link or by searching their name inside the platform. It is supported by content from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Google Drive, Vimeo, Google Photos, and more.

Benefits

It allows streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and more to sync on all users’ devices. It is free of charge. Rave is available on iPhone, Android, Mac, and Windows. There is no limit to the no. of persons who can join the watch party.

Gaze

Gaze YouTube video watch party platform. It allows only two users to watch YouTube or locally store videos together.

Requirement

Gaze account to start watching YouTube videos while seeing each other. Same local file on both users’ devices to sync them. 

How does it work?

One of the users can create a watch room and send the link to invite the other person. The other person can click the link, and it will sync the YouTube video or locally stored video together.

Benefits

The platform is best for a virtual long-distance date night or two friends or kids wanting to have a fun night. Gaze is very user-friendly.

TwoSeven

TwoSeven is created by a couple living in a long-distance relationship for a long period. It is one of the most simple platforms on the list.

Requirement

You need your account with TwoSeven and media streaming applications or personally owned videos.

How does it work?

You need to get access to this browser-based app. After setting up your account, you can watch videos from streaming apps. It allows users to watch privately stored or owned videos as well.

Benefits

It is a user-friendly, browser-based app with built-in text and video capabilities. It comes with a chrome extension to check if a website video is compatible with the platform or not. The platform supports watching videos from Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, and Crunchyroll and lets you watch private videos together.

Watch2Gether

Watch2Gether makes watching videos, listening to songs, and online shopping with friends and family entertaining and easy.

Requirement

You will need a computer with an internet connection and access to a streaming platform where you want to watch videos with your loved ones.

How does it work?

Get started by clicking “Create a Room” on the platform home page and typing a temporary nickname. You will then be directed to a virtual chat room where you can add your friends. You can invite your friends to a virtual watch room or join a room created by others.

Benefits

Registration is not required to get started with the platform. It allows users to watch movies or videos, listen to music, and shop online. Users can search and select video sources from Vimeo, YouTube, DailyMotion, or audio from SoundCloud. 

Kast

Kast allows users not only to sync and watch videos but games, documents, and more. The platform is free with YouTube and Tabi, but you must pay a small fee to watch content from a streaming platform like Netflix. It allows up to 20 people to join a session.

Requirement

You can start with Kast web (only available for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge) or a desktop application.

How does it work?

Kast allows users to watch movies together, play games, and share other content. You can either download a desktop app for Windows or macOS or use the web version supported by Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. The next step is to create your watch party or join an already available one.

Benefits

It enables users to share browser, screen, camera, or launch content through Kast TV at watch parties. It is available as both desktop and web applications. 

Syncplay

Syncplay is an open-source watch party platform and a great app to watch movies using your favorite video player.

Requirement

Users must use the same video file to sync the movie and start watching. For voice or video chat, third-party apps like Skype or Mumble need to be downloaded for everyone.

How does it work?

All users should download the video from the same file and save it locally on their hard drive. After setting up your Syncplay account, you can start enjoying the movies.

Benefits

Syncplay is a free tool to watch movies together with people remotely. It is multi-platform and is compatible with multiple video player apps such as VLC, Media Player Classic, and KM Player.

Plex

Plex takes video sharing to a whole another level by adding virtual reality. It allows users to share a virtual apartment, theater, or room where you and your loved ones can join and watch movies together. One downside to this platform is that it is the most complicated one for us on the list.

Requirement

A mobile or desktop device with Google Daydream, Gear VR, or Oculus Go compatible hardware.

How does it work?

To get started, create your Plex account and then select a movie to watch from the Plex’s movie and TV library or your own personal media library. Click the More button next to the movie and click the Watch Together to start a session and invite your friends to start watching. It creates a virtual space where videos get synced to each other so that everyone watches the same video together.

Benefits

It is a fun watch party platform for tech-savvy users. It is available for Android/IOS and desktop devices.

Summary

You have gone through all the famous and coolest ways to watch movies mentioned above; it’s time to plan your next movie night. Share the article with your friends or family and select a watch party platform that best fits your needs and requirements.