HOW TO HOST A VIRTUAL MOVIE NIGHT

Once upon a time, an unexpected global lockdown hit our world. Since then, we have washed our hands diligently, worked from home, and practiced social distancing. Our love for movies and TV shows has not waned. We still find ways to do movie nights with our family and friends - remotely. Virtual movie nights are becoming a popular social entertainment. Here are the best tools to watch the latest must-see show with your friends:

NETFLIX PARTY

Netflix Party is the easiest and most popular tool. It is a free Chrome extension that allows Netflix members to sync and watch movies in HD while also interacting in a shared live chat. It is only available on desktop computers or laptops, but you can easily take your movies to any large screen with an app like JustStream. There is no limit on how many people can watch Netflix together. Simply start streaming, generate a sharing link, and send it to anyone you want to invite.

HULU WATCH PARTY

Hulu Watch Party lets you host a virtual watch party for up to 8 people. However, it is available exclusively to owners of an ad-free membership. This means you and everyone you invite to the movie party need to own an ad-free subscription which costs $11.99 per month instead of $5.99 per month for the basic plan. The current movie content is limited, but Hulu developers are adding more titles to their collection. Nevertheless, this app works seamlessly for people who already own a Hulu plan.

ZOOM

Zoom is one of the most widely used video-conferencing tools at the moment. One of its features is screen sharing, which lets you share anything on your screen, including a movie or TV show. You can control the sound volume and your friends also have the option to control their sound volume. They can also leave their webcams visible so that you can see your friends while you watch. Similar to Netflix Party, this tool is limited to desktop computers or laptops and requires another tool to cast the screen to your TV.

AMAZON WATCH PARTY

Amazon Prime Video now has a Watch Party app for a limited movie selection. It allows up to 100 people to watch together. Everyone must be Prime members watching in the United States. Currently, it is only available on desktop and not supported for Safari and Internet Explorer browsers. Only the host can start, stop, and pause the movie throughout the session. Those changes will also be synced to everyone’s device instantly. While the video is playing, you can socialize with other people through a built-in chat feature that supports text and built-in emojis.

TWOSEVEN

Designed for simplicity, TwoSeven is another tool for watching movies with friends. It is known for its video chat feature, and it supports Vimeo, YouTube, HBO Now, Amazon Prime Video, Crunchyroll, and so on. With a paid subscription, you can also use it for Disney Plus and Hulu. TwoSeven allows you to watch private videos you already have on your own computer or videos that you own. The browser-based app also has text and video capabilities so that you can see and share your video experience face-to-face.

SYNCPLAY

Syncplay is a free and open-source tool that is compatible with the biggest video player apps, including VLC, KM Player, and Media Player Classic. To watch movies, you need to set it up by storing the movie locally on your hard drive. After that, you can hit the play button whenever you and your friends are ready to watch. Anyone can hit pause or rewind. The app synchronizes video playback across multiple media players. It is a convenient tool that works well with your favorite video player.

Now is as good a time as ever to host a movie night with your friends. Bring in the popcorn and wear your most comfortable pajamas. It’s time to hunker down on the couch. The movie adventure is about to begin!

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