What is a Netflix Watch Party, and is it suitable for children?
Netflix Watch Party Many of us will be turning to our favorite TV shows and flicks for light relief while we deal with COVID-19. However, streaming services do not always provide the sense of community that we used to get from watching multiple channels of terrestrial television at the same time.
As a result, consumers have flocked to Netflix Party, a service that allows you to synchronize your viewing with others.
What exactly is it?
Netflix Party Chrome addon promises to provide “a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online.” Long the extension been around for a while, it has recently gained a lot of traction as people have gotten increasingly cut off. Netflix Party allows you to sync your viewing with other people and includes a ‘group chat’ function so you can all remark on what you’re seeing as theatres, theatres, pubs, and restaurants close their doors.
What is the mechanism behind it?
It’s a Google Chrome extension, a small software tool that customises your surfing experience – in this case, allowing you to watch your favourite show on desktop computers and laptops with your friends and family.
To get it, either create or login to your Google account, then go to the Netflix Party website and click ‘Install Netflix Party’ in the top right-hand corner, or search for it in the Chrome Web Store.
Log in to your Netflix account and click on the show or film you wish to watch after you’ve added Netflix Party to your Chrome browser.
Is it up to par?
The plugin is simple to install and use, so even non-tech-savvy family members can benefit from it. It allows you to enjoy excellent episodes and movies with others even when you’re not together.
On the downside, the user interface, particularly the chat function limited to one user at a time so, if you’re all viewing on the same device you’ll only be able to remark on one person at a time. You can, however, have numerous members of the same family signed in to the same account but on various devices — you don’t need to create separate accounts for each of them.
Is it suitable for children?
Depending on the version of Chrome a youngster is using, he or she will be able to install Netflix Party. Because the Child version, which can access through Google’s Family Link service, does not support extensions, Netflix Party will be unavailable to those who use it. There’s nothing stopping a child from installing it if they’re using Chrome’s regular version.
Although the access link for a Netflix Party must email to you, anyone with the link can copy and distribute it. Because the plugin also works on Netflix’s kid-friendly version of the site a child might possibly utilize the chat feature to communicate with others who have gotten access to the viewing event without their parents’ consent.
It’s critical to teach your child to always consider before they share – and to be cautious about who they communicate with online.
Setting limits on who allow attending a Netflix Party will give your family peace of mind that only certain people will be able to partake in the fun.
Is it worthwhile?
Netflix Party does necessitate the use of a Netflix account. It’s much more aggravating if multiple people are using the same device and everyone wants to make a comment.
Given the current coronavirus outbreak Netflix Party is a good method to keep in touch with friends and family without having to push conversation – especially if your kids are old enough to use the full version of Chrome. It’s a simple approach to do something soothing and enjoyable with your family during these trying times.