If you’ve ever wanted to watch a movie or a TV show with someone else, but found that you didn’t have the time or energy to catch up in person, then a watch party can be a good alternative.
With extensions and tools available, setting these up can be easier than ever. These five Firefox add-ons make it so that you’ll be ready to watch whatever you want with whoever you want in mere moments.
First up, we have Netflix Party. As a Chrome extension, Netflix Party was one of the first and most popular ways to watch shows with friends available. The extension is now available for Firefox as well.
Getting started with Netflix Party is pretty easy. All you have to do is install the add-on, and it should appear in the top-right corner of your browser. Most of the time the add-on won’t be doing anything since you’re not on Netflix.
When you do want to watch something with others online, all you have to do is start watching something on Netflix and then open up the add-on using that button. This will give you a link that you can send to others so that you can all watch the show together.
Once you’ve created this room to watch with others, you’ll also get a chat pop-up on the side of your screen. This will let you know who is currently watching the show with you. By default, Netflix Party will assign you a random name and picture, but both of these can be changed easily whenever you wish.
Overall, Netflix Party does what it says on the tin. It lets you watch Netflix with others in a way that is relatively easy and painless. It can be a little finicky sometimes when it comes to automatically playing the next episode, but you can always do this manually.
Next up, we have Metastream Remote. Metastream Remote is a fantastic add-on that allows you to watch a wide variety of different types of streaming media together with others.
Metastream Remote is a great if you’re looking for something a little more in-depth than some of the other options available on this list. Instead of just being a little add-on, Metastream Remote effectively functions as an entire app within your browser.
For starters, Metastream Remote works with a bunch of different streaming services. There’s support for YouTube, Twitch, Netflix, Hulu, and more baked into the add-on. You can also paste just about any link you can think of, and Metastream Remote will figure it out more often than not.
Inviting others to watch is as simple as sharing a link, and you can easily queue multiple videos up to play one after another. You can adjust your name and profile picture easily for the chat as well.
What’s great about Metastream Remote is all the customization you can do with it. You can make sessions public, private, or offline, and can limit the number of users as you wish. You can change the appearance of the app and the chat, as well as the default language and more.
If you’re a big fan of Netflix Party but find that it can be pretty limiting in what services it provides support for, then Teleparty might just be exactly what you’re looking for.
Using Teleparty is really simple, especially if you’ve used Netflix Party in the past. The process is nearly identical: all you have to do is click on the button in the top-right of your browser while watching a show, and a link will appear for you to share with others.
Where Teleparty sets itself apart from other entries on this list, however, is in the range of different options that Teleparty supports natively. Instead of just Netflix, you can also host watch parties with others when watching shows on Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus, and more.
Beyond that, Teleparty is largely the same as Netflix Party in both its UI and overall design philosophies. There’s a chat that will appear once you create a watch party room, which will let you know when people join or leave the party.
Teleparty will assign a username and a profile picture to you at random, though you can easily change these when and how you wish with little to no real consequences.
Next up on this list comes StreamParty. If you’re looking to watch shows with strangers, or are just interested in an add-on with a little bit more meat on its bones, then StreamParty might just fill that niche.
To access StreamParty, all you have to do is click on the add-on button in the top-right of your browser. This will open up the StreamParty webpage, which essentially functions an app in its own right.
If you’re just looking to watch something with your friends, then you can easily create a StreamParty with the link at the top of the page. If you’re looking to watch something with others, and you don’t mind who, then there are a bunch of live StreamParties that you can browse through just below.
What’s cool about StreamParty is that it not only allows you to watch shows and movies with others, but also helps you find new things to watch together. This makes it a useful site to find which TV show to watch next. There are sections dedicated to popular movies and shows that others are watching on StreamParty, as well as a variety of other recommendations.
It is worth noting that StreamParty requires you to sign up for a free account to use it, and that you will be somewhat limited in what you can do on this free account. For example, you can only host four hours of private parties per month, and there is a cap of only three people in a private party as well.
Finally, we have Jelly Party. If you’re not very tech-savvy, or just like something that’s a little more straightforward, then Jelly Party is a great option to dip your toe in.
Jelly Party separates itself from other Firefox add-ons on this list by being the most approachable. When you open up Jelly Party, you won’t just see a link or a whole new app, but rather an easy-to-follow guide on how to get your party started.
This includes setting up your profile picture and nickname, and how to share your link with others. Much like the other platforms, after sharing your link with others, you’ll be able to watch the same content together. If you still find yourself getting confused, there is a help section that can be pretty handy as well.
Watch Anything With Others
As you can see, there are a ton of different Firefox add-ons that allow you to quickly and easily watch TV shows and movies with others online. All you have to do is try out these add-ons, and then you’re ready to start watching.
If you’re looking to improve your experience when watching content online by yourself, there are plenty of other Firefox extensions that can help.