There’s nothing quite like watching Netflix with that special someone. Setting the scene with some nice food. Maybe some chilled wine. Using your Philips Hue app to impress as the new season of House of Cards or Orange is the New Black streams through Netflix onto your TV.

But what if your buddy lives at the other end of the country? Well then my friend, you’re going to need to introduce the new Netflix Party Chrome extension into your life to take your Netflix game to the next level.

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In addition to letting people synchronize and watch a movie or TV show on Netflix together via Chrome, Netflix Party also introduces some additional social elements that takes the viewing experience to a whole new level.

Usage of this handy little extension is actually unbelievably simple. But it is worth noting that this isn’t an official Netflix release, and therefore like when installing any third-party extensions or widgets, security should be considered and you do so at your own risk. Not only does the extension synchronize video playback of whatever Netflix video is being watched by the individuals involved in the session, it also introduces a group chat sidebar experience that lets everyone indulge in the occasional discussion during the course of a session.

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After installing the plugin for Google Chrome, it automatically jumps into life when a video is started through Netflix in the browser. Clicking on the newly available “NP” icon next to the address bar will then allow a user to join a party that’s already being broadcasted, or start their own Netflix party that others can join and interact with as the extension issues a shareable link.

It’s free, it’s got some great little features, and it definitely can take your Netflix game to a whole new long-distance level. Navigate to netflixparty.com to get started on how to install and use the extension.

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