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Blocking contacts, social distancing, Home Office - All of this separates us spatially from friends, family and colleagues. But that doesn't mean we can't do a movie night with them. Because with NetflixParty and Watch2Gether there are two online services with which you can synchronize VoD streams and thus watch the same content at the same time. NetflixParty is only intended for the Netflix streaming service in the Chrome browser on Mac and PC. You can use Watch2Gether in the browser of your choice to share audio and video content from YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch and Soundcloud, among others.
If you and your friends, relatives and acquaintances use the Netflix streaming service on your Apple Mac or Windows PC, you can switch to the Chrome browser together - at least for the time of the Corona crisis. Because with “NetflixParty” you get a plugin that synchronizes your streams, integrates a chat and offers other social opportunities.
Der laut NetflixParty website the usage works in these simple steps:
Watch2Gether is a service that works similarly but does not require a plugin to be installed. You simply call for use the Watch2Gether website click on "Create a room" and look for a video or audio - you can choose from YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo, Deezer, Podcasts, Mixer, W2gShorts, Instagram, Twitter, Gfycat, Pinterest, Coub, Dailymotion, Facebook, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Slides and W2gSync. Afterwards or even before you can share your room with others simply by copying and sending the URL in the address bar. To the right of the video you will also find the history so far and the option to create a playlist. With the latter, the upcoming videos do not have to be selected again.
Here are a few uses for Watch2Gether:
If you use the two services shown or other offers, then a voice chat is quite useful for real-time communication. In this way, reactions, questions and comments can be shared directly and do not arrive delayed. You can use voice chat, for example, via a WhatsApp conference call, TeamSpeak, Discord, Steam or numerous other services. If you have any further tips for sharing videos in a synchronized way or for voice chats and conference calls during the movie, game or music evening, please leave a comment;)
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.