Social distancing for coronavirus? Netflix hack lets you watch with your friends

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Netflix streaming with your friends is still available even with social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Google Chrome extension has gone viral because it allows people to have movie night with friends while movie theatres and restaurants are closed to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

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The Chrome extension is called Netflix Party and it allows multiple people to remotely watch a Netflix show or movie while chatting at the same time.

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Netflix Party, which isn’t an official Netflix product, is a free extension available for download on the Netflix Party website.

After it’s been downloaded all the user needs to do is choose a Netflix program, click the Netflix Party icon and send friends their generated link so they can access it as well.

According to the Netflix Party website, the extension is “a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online.”

The website also says that the extension “synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favourite Netflix shows.”

There’s also Canadian app for iOS and Android called, Rave, that allows users to watch any content they choose in perfect sync with friends and family,
from wherever, while talking and texting in real-time.

Many people took to social media to share the news of Chrome extension.

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