Sure, the coronaviruses issue is very serious; We must heed the safety recommendations, stay at home and avoid social contact as much as possible. On the other hand, that doesn't mean you can't meet up with a bunch of friends to watch a movie.
Virtually of course.
To organize a group home theater session or a marathon of your favorite series you simply need a Google Chrome browser and a Netflix account, in addition to the secret ingredient: a browser extension called Netflix Party.
The process is simple and free. Enter the site netflixparty.com with your Chrome browser and click on the pink button that says Get Netflix Party for free! (Get Netflix Party for free!). This will take you to the Netflix Party page in the chrome web store. Clicking Add to Chrome (Add to Chrome) a window will appear asking you: Do you want to install Netflix Party ?; click on Add extension. When installed, you will see a button with the initials NP in the upper right corner of the browser.
Obviously, your friends also have to go through the same process in their respective browsers.
Then comes the trickier part: agreeing on what you are going to see. Once this crucial decision has been made and accepted by everyone, open Netflix.com in your Chrome browser and choose the movie or series. Start playing it and click the NP button. If you check the Only I have control box, no one else will be able to play, pause or fast-forward the content. For more democracy simply leave the box unchecked, and everyone will have the remote control in their hands.
You are now ready for function. Click Start the Party and copy the address that will appear. Then pack it to your guests. When they open it, they must start their respective session on Netflix and click on the NP button.
Of course, watching movies in a group is useless if we can't be making comments and asking basic questions, like: Who was that? What was not dead? So it wasn't bad? For all that, the group can converse through a chat that will appear on the right side of the screen.