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Using Discord to watch movies with friends



What Netflix with friends about Discord

Discord is an excellent free chat application that can be used by anyone and not just gamers. You can use Discord’s Go Live feature to stream Netflix (or any other video source) and watch movies with your friends. This is how it works.

Before getting started, you need to update your Discord app on your Windows 1

0 PC or Mac, create a new Discord server and invite your friends to join it.

Add a browser or Netflix app as a game to Discord

Discord does not automatically detect and use your Netflix streaming source (the browser or the app). You have to add it as a game to Discord and keep it active when you want to stream a movie or TV show.

Launch the Discord app and click the gear icon in the lower left corner next to your Discord username.

User settings in Discord

When the settings open, click on the “Game Activity” tab on the left under the “Game Settings” heading.

Game activity under the Game Settings section

In the right pane, click the “Add” hyperlink next to the “Don’t see your game” text to display the drop-down menu for adding the browser.

Add a new game to the game activity

Click the down arrow to display the list of apps that Discord can detect. Choose the web browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox) you want to use for streaming video.

Select Browser from the drop-down list

Note: You need to have the relevant browser running in the background to see it in the drop-down list in Discord.

After choosing a browser, click the “Add Game” button to add it as a game to your server.

Add a game button in Discord

Based on the option you choose, Discord will select it and display a “Now playing” label below it.

Browser selected as Now Playing in Discord

Press the Esc key to exit the Settings menu. Before proceeding, we need to disable hardware acceleration in the browser you have chosen for streaming Netflix.

Disable hardware acceleration in browser

If you are using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge to stream Netflix or any other video platform, you will need to disable hardware acceleration. Otherwise, the Discord app stream will only show a black screen to the viewers.

Google Chrome

In Chrome, click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the window and select ‘Settings’.

Settings in the Google Chrome menu

Scroll down to click on ‘Advanced’.

Advanced settings in Chrome

Navigate to the System section and disable the “Use hardware acceleration when available” setting. Then click on “Restart” to restart the browser.

Disable hardware acceleration in Chrome

Microsoft Edge

If you plan to use Microsoft Edge, fire it up and click the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the window.

Microsoft Edge menu icon

Select ‘Settings’.

Settings in Microsoft Edge menu

Then select “System” from the left navigation pane.

System in Microsoft Edge settings

In the right pane, deselect the “Use hardware acceleration when available” setting and then click “Restart” to apply the changes.

Disable hardware acceleration in Microsoft Edge

Mozilla Firefox

Start Firefox and click the three-bar menu icon in the top right corner of the window.

Firefox menu icon

Click on ‘Options’ in the menu.

Options in Firefox menu

Scroll down to the Performance section until you see the checkbox for ‘Use recommended performance settings’ and uncheck it. That reveals another checkbox for ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’. Uncheck that box too.

Disable hardware acceleration in Firefox

Stream Netflix and screen share with Discord

After making the necessary changes to your browser, open Netflix in the browser of your choice. Log in and play a video.

Then go to the Discord server you created to stream Netflix to watch movies with your friends. Click the Screen Sharing icon just above the user settings to adjust the video settings of the stream.

Stream button in Discord

The Screen Share settings window will appear. The app automatically chooses a resolution of 720p, along with a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

Screen Share settings

You must sign up and use a Discord Nitro account to unlock a higher frame rate (60fps) and 1080p resolution for your stream. This premium service costs $ 9.99 per month.

RELATED: What Is Discord Nitro And Is It Worth Paying For?

Then choose the voice channel you want to stream to and click the “Go Live” button at the bottom right of the window.

Choose Voice Channel and hit the Go Live button in Discord

This will start the live stream of the Netflix movie with the browser or app you chose. Discord shows a small preview of the stream in the Discord app window.

Your Netflix streaming preview

Then ask your friends to join the live stream by clicking on your Discord name under the active voice channel of the respective server. This is how the Netflix stream will appear in your friends’ Discord app.

Netflix viewing from friends' Discord

That is it. You and your friends can enjoy watching the same Netflix movies and TV shows through your Discord server.




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