Host a Remote Movie Night With This Handy Netflix Browser Extension

This man is probably using the 'Netflix Party' extension to watch a comedy with his buddies.
This man is probably using the 'Netflix Party' extension to watch a comedy with his buddies.
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Thanks to a handy little browser extension called Netflix Party, social distancing doesn’t have to mean the end of movie nights with your friends.

The free plug-in allows you to synchronize your viewing activity with any number of other accounts—when one person pauses the program, for example, it automatically freezes on everyone else’s screen, too. There’s even a message bar along the right side of your screen, so you can keep up a steady stream of commentary about whatever you decide to watch, from plot twists in Zodiac (2007) to period gowns in The Duchess (2008).

It only works with Google Chrome, which you can install here. After you’ve done that, have everyone in your group head to NetflixParty.com and click “Get Netflix Party for free!” Once downloaded, you should see a tiny gray NP button to the right of your search bar.

Go to the Netflix website (in your Google Chrome browser), log into your account, and play any movie or television show. When it starts, the NP icon will turn red. Click on it, and a small pop-up window will read “Create a Netflix Party.” If you want to be the only one who can play or pause the program, check the box for “Only I have control.” (For a true movie night atmosphere, we recommend that you leave that box unchecked—otherwise, the rest of your party might feel like you’re leading an academic seminar.) Then, click “Start the party.”

That’ll generate a unique URL to your Netflix Party, which you should copy and send to the other members of the group. Once they paste it into their Google Chrome search bars and hit “Enter,” it’ll take them to the program you’re currently watching. Just one step left—ask them to click the now-red NP icon, which will link your viewing activity.

Grab your favorite snacks, hit “play,” and enjoy a risk-free evening with your best friends.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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