It's great to be able to watch streaming content from the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu and HBO on your own, but it's even better when you can enjoy watching something with friends and family. If you find that you are separated from those you'd like to watch a show or movie with, Teleparty lets you team up online and watch streaming videos in sync with each other.
Rather than being an application, Teleparty is an extension for Chrome-based web browsers. As well as a enabling you to watch Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu and HBO content at the same time as your friends and family, it also provides a chat option so you can discuss what you're watching.
This is not an entirely new browser extension. It was previously known as Netflix Party, and initially only worked with Netflix. But in expanding to also cover Disney Plus, Hulu and HBO, a new name was required – hence Teleparty.
Everyone who wants to be involved in a Teleparty to watch something together needs to have the extension installed, and therefore everyone involved needs to be running a compatible browser. This is perhaps the only thing that can be said against Teleparty, because not everyone is running a Chrome-based browser.
The host of the Teleparty need simply fire up the video they want to watch, hit the Teleparty toolbar button and then share the URL that has been generated. Chat is optional, so you can choose whether to enable this option before sharing the link with others. Then you can simply sit back and enjoy the show, using the chat panel to talk with your co-viewers.
Teleparty was brought into being largely because of coronavirus, but it is something that is useful regardless of whether there is a global pandemic limiting where and when people are able to travel. The tool is simply an amazing idea, and it works so well, and so simply, that it's impossible not to recommend it in the strongest possible terms.