A Google chrome extension called Netflix Party allows friends to watch movies together while social distancing.
By using this extension, people with Netflix subscription can watch films virtually at the same time. The extension features a chat room, where users can exchange messages and share reactions as they watch the film.
How to install Netflix Party
Users need Google Chrome browser, the extension, and a Netflix subscription. One should go to netflixparty.com and follow their instructions:
- Install – Start off by clicking the “Install Netflix Party” button on this page. Once you are redirected to the Chrome Web Store, click “Add to Chrome” to finish installing Netflix Party.
- Open a video in Netflix – Go to Netflix’s website. Choose any show you would like to watch and start playing the video.
- Create your party – To create your party, click on the red “NP” icon located next to the address bar. Then click “Start Party” to get the party started, and share the party URL to invite friends.
- Join a party – To join a party click on the party URL, which will redirect to Netflix’s website. Then click on the “NP” button next to the address bar, and you should automatically join the party.
Based on the guidelines released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing refers to the conscious effort of a person to avoid “congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”
On the other hand, isolation is “the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.”