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In the age of social distancing, there’s nothing we miss more than The Bachelor viewing parties and movie-night outs. But thanks to technology, we can watch movies and shows with friends and family without leaving the couch. Here are our favorite ways—from Zoom to Rabbit (we’ll explain, don’t worry) to watch movies together online, even if you’re thousands of miles apart. Grab the popcorn.

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1. Zoom, Skype & Houseparty

Looking for a hassle-free streaming solution? We recommend scheduling a watch party via a video chat platform like Zoom, Skype or Houseparty—that way, everyone can decide on a movie, press play at the same time and enjoy the picture with minimal tech requirements.

To use Zoom and Skype, simply create an account and start (or schedule) a meeting. This will generate a link you can send to friends and family. Houseparty, on the other hand, allows users to engage in other activities—like games—during the video chat. But don’t forget to close your group to the public once everyone has entered the “room,” or else a stranger could potentially join your Princess Diaries marathon.

Try Zoom

Try Skype

Try Houseparty

2. Gaze

The software lets you video chat and sync-watch movies with others from a distance, meaning you’ll watch at the exact same time. Pros: It’s extremely user-friendly, which means your kids will have no trouble operating the interface. Cons: It’s a YouTube-specific service, so your streaming options are somewhat limited.

Try Gaze

3. MyCircleTV

If you’re still living in your pajamas, have no fear. With MyCircleTV, users can watch movies with their friends via voice chat (no video required). Oh, and did we mention there’s no annoying registration required?

Try MyCircleTV

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4. Netflix Party

There’s a new Google extension that enables subscribers to chat and watch the streaming service together at the same time. “Did you see Jen’s blouse in that Dead to Me scene? I need it…now.”

Try Netflix Party

5. TwoSeven

Introducing another extension that allows you to group stream a variety of services, including Netflix, HBO Now, Vimeo, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, the premium version allows you to watch Hulu and Disney+ (for an extra fee, of course).

Try TwoSeven

6. Scener

Think of it as Netflix Party… on steroids. Users can not only video chat while streaming, but they can also message each other and send documents in real time.

Try Scener

7. Rabbit

Rabbit allows you to play Netflix, YouTube and other online movies (even games!) with whoever you please. Since users can share their browser, the streaming possibilities are endless. All you need to do is create a chat room, invite your friends and family and start binge-watching.

Try Rabbit

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