Several states in India have already banned gatherings and parties, all thanks to the rise in Omicron cases in the country. While this seems like a buzzword at the moment, especially when the new year is just around the corner, it doesn’t have to be. Since this year was a great year in terms of entertainment, you can use this to your advantage and virtual watch with movie marathons and binge-watch series on OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Apple TV Can host parties. Feather.
Here’s how you can host a virtual watch party on the following streaming services:
Teleparty: For Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar
Previously known as Netflix Party, Teleparty lets up to 1,000 viewers participate in a single watch party. Teleparty Google Chrome Extension works for both Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar. Notably, each participant needs a subscription to the streaming service to be part of a virtual watch party. Additionally, all participants must have the Teleparty Google Chrome extension installed. While watching a movie/show, the audience also has the option to chat with everyone on the same page. Here are some quick steps to organize a watch party via Teleparty.
- In Google Chrome, go to the Chrome Web Store and search for Teleparty
Tap on ‘Teleparty’ option and select “Add extension”
You will then see a “TP” icon in the Chrome toolbar
Now open a video/show on supported streaming service on Chrome and then tap on “TP” icon
Select “Start the Party”
You will then see a new page showing the video with a shareable link. You can copy this link and send it to your friends
If you want to join a teleparty, all you have to do is open the party link in Chrome and tap the “TP” icon.
Prime Video Watch Party: Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video has an in-built group watch feature called Prime Video Watch Party. It allows up to 100 customers to join simultaneously. This feature is available on “Fire TV devices, the Prime Video app for Android mobile phones, Android tablets or Fire tablets, iphone and ipad, and on desktop browsers, except Internet Explorer and Apple’s Safari”. Here are some quick steps to start a watch party on Amazon Prime Video.
- Open your Prime Video app on your Android smartphone or tablet
Select the movie/show of your choice
Tap on “More” option and select “Watch Party”
Enter your name
Then you will see a shareable link which you can copy and share with friends
Shareplay: Apple TV, Disney+ Hotstar
Apple’s SharePlay feature allows users to connect up to 33 users at a time. With the new iOS 15 update, the SharePlay feature is now available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. According to Apple, this feature works with Apple TV and Disney + Hotstar. All participants must have iOS 15.1 installed on their devices and subscribe to the respective streaming service. You need to follow these steps to start Virtual Watch Party through SharePlay.
- Initiate a FaceTime call with your friends and tap on the drop down menu at the top-right corner
Select “Share My Screen”
Open a supported streaming service (Apple TV, Disney+ Hotstar) and start watching the show or movie you want
Don’t want to step out due to post COVID-19? Host a virtual watch party with friends This New Years first appeared on BGR India.