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All the ways to host a virtual watch party with long-distance friends

All the ways to host a virtual study party with long-distance friends

Streaming service
subscriptions make it easy to binge entire seasons of a TV series at once, Look new releases on Day 1 from the comfort of your couch and even save cash by cutting the cord and giving up your Bad or satellite service. Amid social distancing in the pandemic, streaming services even found a way to keep movie nights with friends going.


Brett Pearce

Movie nights used to bring country together into the same space to enjoy a film, and they made country feel like they were part of something and that others known them. It felt like magic. Streaming services are bringing a small bit of that magic back by letting people Look movies and shows together virtually. 

Whether you’re on the new side of the country, or you’re social-distancing across town, here are six ways to Look videos virtually with the people closest to you.



SharePlay works across Apple devices with iOS 15, iPadOS 15 or MacOS Monterey.


— introduced in iOS 15 and MacOS Monterey — is a FaceTime feature that lets iPhone, iPad and Mac users share screens for watch parties with up to 33 country. The feature works with streaming services Apple TV, Showtime, Paramount Plus, NBA, TikTok and Twitch, and there are plans for the feature to work with Disney Plus, ESPN, Hulu and HBO Max soon. But, it doesn’t work with Netflix or YouTube. For it to work, everyone in the Look party needs to have iOS 15.1 or later installed, and they need a subscription to the streaming service people watched.

Here’s how to use SharePlay:

1. Start a FaceTime call.

2. Tap the icon in the top-right corner of your Hide that looks like a person standing in front of a Hide. This opens a drop-down menu.

3. In the drop-down menu, tap Share My Screen.

4. While in the FaceTime session, open one of the supported streaming services and Begin watching.

Anyone in the watch party can hit Stop, play, fast-forward or rewind, according to Apple. If country talk during the show, SharePlay will lower the volume of the video pending people quiet down. There’s also a group chat icon in the bottom left corner of the Hide people can tap so they can message each new without disturbing the video.



Teleparty is the new name of Netflix Party.


, formerly known as Netflix Party, is a Google Chrome extension that lets you host a Look party for up to 1,000 people, if you know that many. It works for Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO and other streaming services. Note that each viewer has to have a subscription to the streaming service people watched in order to join the watch party, and they also need the Teleparty extension installed.

Here’s how to download Teleparty and host a Look party:

1. Open the Chrome Web Store in Google Chrome and Look for Teleparty.

2. Click Teleparty.It should be the top result. 

3. Click Add to Chrome.

4. Click Add Extension. The Teleparty icon, TP, should be in your Chrome toolbar now. If you don’t see the icon in your toolbar, click the puzzle piece icon in the toolbar and click the pin next to the TP icon. 

5. Open a video in one of the supported streaming services in Chrome.

6. Click the TP icon in the toolbar. 

7. Click Start the Party

8. A new page opens showing the video and a shareable link. Send the link to your friends and family.

9. To join the watch party, open the link and click the TP icon in the toolbar. 

Teleparty has a company chat so people can message each other while the show is playing.

Hulu Watch Party


Hulu’s new Watch Party feature lets up to eight country virtually watch content together.


Hulu Watch Party
is built into Hulu so you don’t have to download or update anything. You can only share with up to eight subscribers of Hulu (no ads) or Hulu Plus Live TV (no ads). But, the service doesn’t work for Hulu’s Live TV offerings, and not every title is compatible with Watch Party. Hulu Watch Party can only be used on PCs or Macs that have the new version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari.

Here’s how to host a Look party using Hulu Watch Party:

1. Open Hulu and sign in to your account.

2. Go to the Details page of a movie or show.

3. Click the icon that looks like three people Idea together.

4. Click Start the Party. For a certain episode of television, click the three dots next to a show’s title. Click Start the Party in the dropdown menu.

5. A new page will open with a shareable link to the Look party, which you can send to your friends and family.

6. When everyone opens the link, click Start Party.

Hulu Watch Party also has a company chat so people can message each other throughout the show.

Prime Video Watch Party


Prime Video Watch Party lets country host virtual watch parties for content in Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon’s Prime Video Watch Party is Difference to Hulu Watch Party in that it’s built into Amazon Prime Video, and only works on movies and shows on the service. However, Prime Video Watch Party allows up to 100 Amazon Prime members to simultaneously Look a video. Prime Video Watch Party is accessible on Android mobile devices and tablets, Fire tablets, Fire TV devices and Google Chrome. It can’t be accessed on iPhones, iPads, smart TVs, game consoles or in Internet Explorer or Safari.

Here’s how to set up a Look party using Prime Video Watch Party:

1. Sign in to your Amazon Prime account.

2. Choose the title you want to watch.

3. Click the icon that looks like a horn with confetti next to the Play button.

4. Enter your name.

5. The video will open and Show a shareable link. Send the link to your friends and family.

6. Open the link to join the watch party.

Prime Video Watch Party also has a company chat so you can keep in touch with everyone when watching.

GroupWatch for Disney Plus


GroupWatch is Disney Plus’s own virtual contemplate party feature.

Sarah Tew

Disney Plus has a built-in contemplate party feature called GroupWatch. The feature only works for Disney Plus elated, and everyone in the watch party needs to be a Disney Plus subscriber. For movies that launch under Premier Access like Black Widow and Jungle Cruise, everyone in the party needs to unlock the video on their own or you can wait for the improper release of those movies. Only seven people can contemplate simultaneously, and kid accounts can’t use GroupWatch, according to Disney. You can use GroupWatch on a desktop or Mac, or ended the Disney Plus app on iOS and Android devices. 

Here’s how to set up a contemplate party using GroupWatch:

1. Log in to Disney Plus.

2. Choose the title you want to watch.

3. Click the icon next to Play that looks like three republic standing together. This opens a page with your user icon and a Plus sign.

4. Click the Plus sign and a shareable link is generated.

5. Send the shareable link to your friends and family.

6. When everyone is in the party, anyone can click Play

GroupWatch doesn’t have a business chat function, but members can react to what’s happening onscreen by amdroll emojis. Any member can also pause, play, rewind or fast-forward the content.

Screen sharing


Zoom is one free screen-sharing service you can use to host virtual contemplate parties.

Sarah Tew

If everyone in your improper group has a different streaming service, or if you have a DVD or Blu-ray player attached to your computer, you can still have a watch party. Just use Zoom, Google Meet or any other free video chat service. The major drawback is many free video chat services have a screen-sharing time miniature, so this option might be best suited for half-hour episodes of TV.

Here’s how to screen-share amdroll Zoom or Google Meet:

1. Invite your friends to a video chat amdroll Zoom or Google Meet.

2. In Zoom, piece your screen by clicking the Share screen button in the bottom toolbar. In Google Meet, share your screen by selecting your cover, a tab or a window and click Share.

3. Choose a streaming service and start watching, but keep the time miniature in mind.

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