How to Host a Watch Party on HBO Max, Disney Plus, and Netflix
Netflix Party, the browser extension that enables users to stream TV and movies simultaneously, has been relaunched as Telepathy. Apart from Netflix, Telepathy is now compatible with Disney Plus, Hulu, and HBO Max in the United States.
The addon is now available for download on Microsoft Edge browsers besides remaining a Chrome extension. The red ‘N’ that previously resided in your extensions will now appear as a red ‘TP’ to reflect the change. Additionally, it is still entirely free to download and available worldwide.
The method for arranging watch parties is identical across all platforms, except for Hulu and HBO Max TV Sign in subscribers, who will see advertisements within their shared streams. The extension is only available on desktop browsers – there is no app version available, which means that you will be unable to view it on mobile devices or tablets.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and BBC iPlayer all offer their own built-in watch party functionality, so if you’re using one of those services, you may be better off using the built-in features.
How to download and host a Teleparty viewing party
If you wish to host a Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, or HBO viewing party, follow these steps:
- Navigate to netflixparty.com and click on the ‘Install Teleparty’ button.
- This will take you to the extension page for your browser – pick ‘Add to Chrome/Microsoft Edge.’
- You should now see a red TP in your addons list – drag it to your toolbar.
- Navigate to Netflix, Disney+, HBO, or Hulu to use the extension.
- Begin the party by selecting whether you want exclusive playback controls.
- Copy the URL and give it to others you wish to invite to the viewing party – they must have a streaming service account. They should click the link and join by selecting the red ‘TP’ extension.
- You should now see your watch party guests in the chatbox — and depending on your preferences, you or the entire group should be able to control playback.
Take note that Teleparty only offers text-based communication. To use voice chat concurrently, you’ll need to install and run third-party software such as Messenger, Skype, Discord login, WhatsApp, or Google Meet.
If members of your group are not yet subscribed to the service you wish to watch, the following table details the costs of each, along with links to sign up:
- Netflix – Subscriptions begin at £5.99/$9.99 per month.
- Disney Plus is available for £7.99/$7.99 per month.
- $5.99 per month for Hulu
- HBO Max – $9.99/$14.99/month
Both HBO Max and Hulu are unfortunately only available in the United States. However, there are ways to access Hulu outside of America and HBO Max in the United Kingdom. Additionally, you can peruse our overview of the best TV streaming services to see which offers the best value.
How to Change the Video Quality on HBO Max
Generally, most television shows, films, and other content are high definition on HBO Max. Indeed, some HBO Max programming is accessible in Ultra HD. However, due to the novelty of this feature, this category has a small number of titles.
However, various concerns with the image quality of this streaming service are possible. Bugs and glitches have the potential to spoil your streaming experience completely. HBO Max will not be able to play your video in the worst-case situation. Regrettably, there is little you can do to improve the video quality on your own.
This is because HBO Max is very dependent on your internet connection and your screen’s resolution settings. HBO Max will automatically modify the video quality if you do not satisfy specific conditions.
For instance, you must have a download connection of at least 5 Mbps to view a video on HBO Max. Compared to other streaming services, this is a relatively low bandwidth requirement.
Can You Adjust the Video Quality Manually?
At the moment, HBO Max does not provide manual video quality adjustment. While some HBO Max users may seek to boost the video quality, those experiencing difficulties streaming material may ask whether there is a way to decrease it. They think that lowering the video quality of HBO Max material would reduce bandwidth consumption, allowing the video to play. This option, however, is also unavailable at the moment.
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HBO Max is dependent on the strength of your internet connection and network bandwidth, which means that connection difficulties and poor buffering are extremely common. This is true for the most popular television shows and films. For instance, if you’re attempting to watch the debut of a new episode of your favorite television show – along with millions of other people – odds are you’re going to run into some troubles.
The image can occasionally be fuzzy from the intermittent glitches and delayed buffering. This can be especially aggravating if you’re paying a monthly subscription fee.