This might sound odd since Netflix is typically for nights alone with a warm blanket and a pint of ice cream or with a friend beside you on the couch. But unbeknownst to those “Netflix and chill” pros, the Google Chrome web browser has an extension called “Netflix Party” that allows you to watch your favorite Netflix films with up to 50 of your closest friends.
Netflix Party has been around for years, but amidst the quarantine, it has gained a lot more attention. Recently, thousands of fans around the world committed to streaming Beyonce’s Coachella performance simultaneously through the extension, doing their best to stay sane alongside the Beyhive in these trying times.
The app only allows text chatting during the movie screening. While that means no face-to-face interaction, you can still take comfort in knowing that someone is there with you, watching the same movie and laughing at the same jokes. While there’s very little cuddling involved, Netflix Party is still a great way to bond with people you may not see for a while.
Newly added classics like “Space Jam,” “Shawshank Redemption” and “Resident Evil” give you plenty of options in addition to Netflix’s already huge library. So evite a few friends, ration out your doomsday popcorn supply and enjoy the show.