These are the difficult times, the times where we cannot spend our time with the people who care about us the most- Friends! But, thanks to technology, sharing TV shows and movies with friends is a wonderful experience, but it’s almost impossible to do at a distance. That is unless you use a tool to chat with your friends and keep the videos on your computers in-sync. Here are eleven websites and extensions that can help you out with the difficult times.
As of now, this is one of the most popular applications to make conference calls. It offers a quick and easy way to set up meetings full of people, which you can access through the app or through a URL on your browser. ZOOM comes with a whole bunch of excellent features, but one of the best is screen sharing, which lets you share whatever’s happening on your screen, including whatever movie or TV show you may be watching.
You can control the volume of the sound of whatever you’re watching for your friends, and also have the option to leave your webcams visible, allowing you to see your friends while you watch – great for seeing those instant reactions in horror movies!
This application is created by a couple who had to spend long periods of time apart in their relationship, twoseven is designed with simplicity in mind and runs straight from your browser. It supports YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, and Crunchyroll so far, but crucially it also lets you watch private videos either person has on their PC (only one of you has to own the video).
The browser-based app has built-in text and video capabilities, so you don’t have to rely on an external video chat app to see your friend and share your video-viewing experience with them face-to-face.
Anyone can join Plug.dj, set up a room, and start queuing their favorite music videos from YouTube. Plug.dj also has public listening rooms to hang out with strangers and has customizable avatars and community features that are fun to mess around with. Plug.dj has a built-in text chat but lacks any video chatting features. You can use it alongside your favorite video chatting tools, but you may want to wear headphones to prevent audio feedback.
SyncPlay can be considered as a solid alternative to Gaze or Kast. It’s a lightweight video syncing tool that allows you and your friends to sync media through MPV, VLC, MPC-HC, or MPC-BE video clients. It has text chatting built-in and works for more than two users at a time, provided that each user has a copy of the same video file.
This is a lightweight tool, but it may not be a comfortable option for less adept computer users. Its chatting function is pretty bare-bones, and setting up the software takes a bit of computer know-how. Still, it does its job and works with more than two users at a time.
Watch2Gether is a YouTube sharing website that lets you and friends quickly jump into synchronized YouTube viewing sessions on the fly, no account required. Just make a room and share the link with your friends. Anyone can pick a video to watch or contribute to a playlist of videos for the room.
This one has a built-in text chat, but it doesn’t have any video chatting features. Like the other items on this list, you can use it alongside your favorite video chatting software. Just make sure that everyone wears headphones if you’re watching music videos, otherwise, you’ll run into annoying audio feedback.
Putting it straight, Gazde is a straightforward video syncing tool that works with YouTube videos and local video files. It allows for voice or video chat and is fairly easy to set up. Just create a Gaze account, send a link to your friend (who also needs a Gaze account), and start watching!
The only drawback is that Gaze only allows for two viewers at a time. And order to watch local files on Gaze, both viewers need to have the same video file on their computer. You can transfer a copy of your favorite movie or show through a cloud storage service, like Dropbox, or through FTP and torrenting clients.
Formerly known as Rabbit allows you and your friends to share videos from your desktop or webcam in real-time. It’s an incredible piece of software, and it can be used to watch movies together, browse the web together, host a simple video chat, or Livestream your PC games for friends to watch. Kast even has a built-in chatroom and can support more than 100 viewers per session.
On a different note, Kast uploads your desktop for everyone to see. This means that your friends don’t need their own streaming subscriptions or copies of video files to watch shows with you. Sadly, this also means that video will be slightly out of sync across devices.
8. Netflix Party
So far, the most popular app, Netflix Party is a fantastic video syncing tool that lets you quickly jump into Netflix viewing parties with your friends. The browser extension, which only works on Chrome, makes sure that everyone’s browser stays in-sync and that users can chat while watching shows and movies together.
However, everyone needs their own Netflix account to join a Netflix Party. And while Netflix Party doesn’t have any voice or video chatting features built-in, it can be used alongside any video chatting application.
9. Sync Video
On a security note, if privacy is what you’re after, Sync Video is for you. Sync Video was certainly created with a bit more privacy in mind, as it allows you to watch videos online with friends for free. Here, a temporary nickname is not allowed.
Registering for this free service is a requirement.
The best part of this is that once registered, you are gifted with your own private, permanent virtual “room.” You may return to this room each time you want to use the service and invite friends to watch videos online with you. Vimeo and YouTube videos may be added and saved to playlists and watched by you and your friends in your virtual “room” at any time. You may also create new rooms or create a new nickname at any time.
10. My Circle TV
This one allows groups of friends to enjoy hours upon hours of free voice chatting while watching videos online with friends. Friends may be invited via a variety of ways, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and email.
You don’t have a need to register on MyCircleTV, but once registered, you’ll be up and running, watching free videos online with friends. Videos from DailyMotion, Vimeo, and YouTube may be shared in these voice chats. As an added bonus, 5GB of video may be uploaded to a custom user space in the following video formats: .mp4 (h264, AVC or MPEG4-PART10 for the video and AAC for the audio) and .flv.
11. Plex VR
This is a strange piece of software that provides you and three friends with a virtual movie theater. It connects to your Plex media server, so you can watch whatever movies and shows you like. And while it’s a bit difficult to set up, the Plex VR app is a lot of fun once everything up and running. Everyone in your friend group needs to own an Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, or Daydream View headset (the Daydream View is the cheapest option), and at least one person in your group needs to have their own Plex media server set up at home.