The tool known as Telepathy, which enables group internet movie watching, soon gained popularity. And using it is straightforward: To start the party, download it as a Chrome extension, view a video or show on Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, or Amazon Prime, click the “TP” button in the upper right corner, and then share the link with your friends. That gathering appears to be a small chat room on the side of your video window.
The layout is straightforward and user-friendly, making it ideal for introverts who spent many of their teens in chat rooms (ahem, not that I know from experience). Telepathy is fantastic for sharing movie experiences with friends. Still, it’s also ideal for viewing shows like Community or Stranger Things in a way that enables you to interact with others in real time.
Cons: Teleparty requires a Google Chrome plugin, so it won’t be the best choice for your movie night if you have a friend who prefers Safari or Firefox.
Several streaming subscription services, including Netflix, HBO Max, Vimeo, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, Apple TV, your films, and more, are available through TwoSeven for group streaming. If you pay for the paid function as a premium edition, you can stream content from Hulu and Disney+.
Positives: The content on TwoSeven can be highly versatile. It also works well with webcams, which is lovely if you enjoy watching people’s reactions.
Cons: I need help with the $3 monthly pricing and the necessity of checking in for each viewing. (I feel uncommitted now and think I’m not alone.) It’s also important to note that TwoSeven scans your web pages to find third-party films, so be careful what you pull up.
Scener is similar to Telepathy but has a few more features. You may use it to watch movies online with your friends while you video chats and keep track of each other in a chat room. It also has a cute and whimsical layout.
Benefits: While comparable to Telepathy, this is more suited to extroverts. (Therefore, it has many of the same advantages as Telepathy.) Additionally, there is a choice for a mobile app, although it only syncs with Roku streaming devices.
Cons: Similar to Telepathy, it has many drawbacks, including needing a Chrome plugin.
A comfortable all-purpose platform like Meta stream lets you experiment with many media types. Its extension works with Chrome and Firefox, though its FAQ suggests using the latter. It features three tabs: one for users, one for a watch list, and one for conversation.
- A slick user interface.
- Compatibility with a wide range of systems and services.
- The ability to create an actual watchlist.
Cons: Considering it is still in beta, it is a bit buggy. While developers iron out the wrinkles, you should continue using Meta stream if you want to watch movies online with pals.