Watch Netflix with friends remotely

#2 Product of the DayJuly 25, 2015

Showgoers is the browser extension that will keep the good habits of watching a movie with your friends or with your loved ones over a distance. If you have a valid Netflix account and Showgoers extension you can create your movie party with a synchronized movie and chat!

  • Rick Sheahan
    Rick SheahanSoftware Engineer in Seattle. 🐹❤️

    Keeps you in touch with long distance partners / family!


    Semi-frequent bugs that can interrupt or delay watching with starting it over and making sure you're synced

    This is the only way (that I know of) where I can feel like i'm actually physically with my long distance girlfriend, at least for an hour two. Unlike phonecalls or facetimes, there's no awkwardness (although facetiming on your phone goes hand in hand with this). I just feel like I'm hangin out with my gf... until an error happens and brings me out of my family. But it is more than worth it.

    Rick Sheahan has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Nice product



    Doesn't work on Firefox, Edge or other browsers.

    Marc has never used this product.
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Erem Zeit
Erem ZeitMaker@eremzeit · Creator of Showgoers
Thanks :D I'm thrilled to see that what was originally just made for me and my long-distance girlfriend to watch movies together has turned out to be useful for other people too. I guess we got tired of the whole routine of "press play in 3, 2, 1", haha.
Rick Sheahan
Rick Sheahan@cucumbur · Software Engineer in Seattle. 🐹❤️
@eremzeit 2 years later and you're still fueling long distance relationships with your app :) coming from one of those people being who use this multiple times a week to get the closet to "hanging out" possible
Paisano@paisano · Applanta
I love this. When I wrote for Mashable and then GigaOm, none of the editors agreed with my predictions that movie and TV viewing would go social (it was '08 & 09 so I didn't understand why they didn't get it. I wasn't predicting flying cars!) So I wrote published my own pieces on my blog later on.... was one of them... when I used products that are all gone now...synctube....CBS had social rooms....which were fun.....Meebo rooms had the best though where you played any video/movie and you invited friends to a group chat. Loved it. I always had packed rooms and the comments during the movies were hilarious... here are some more...they called me NostroPaimus... and even about watching sports together... I do hope Netflix, Hulu and others use this technology and add the ability to group chat if you want... some just want to focus on the show/film/game.
Erem Zeit
Erem ZeitMaker@eremzeit · Creator of Showgoers
@paisano I agree. When I went looking for this solution I was surprised that nobody had built it yet (or built it the way I wanted it). What I've released here is me trying to distill the idea of social watching into the most basic use case of social watching, that is, just having the players sync up. The simplicity of the link-sharing scheme allows for so many different use cases. One that I've just observed in the wild is somebody tweeting the shortened invite URL for their sync watching session. Spontaneous twitter watch parties :D
Jason@sixside · Founder,
@paisano if you liked synctube, you should come check out! :)
Jason@sixside · Founder,
@eremzeit @paisano I seem to remember that when I attended my very first Microsoft conference, they showed a demo using their (then new) Silverlight technology to do this very same thing with Netflix, and they had a real-time chat feature as well. Needless to say it didn't get much traction. Hopefully your implementation will have more legs!
Ben Lang
Ben LangHunter@benln · Shipping
Cool side project @eremzeit. Can see Netflix eventually adding something like this to their product, makes a lot of sense :)
Serge Herkül
Serge Herkül@_sergeh · I build things @teamweek & @scaledrone
I worked on a similar idea a few years ago (using WebRTC). Glad to see that someone turned the idea it into a real product!
Kunal Bhatia
Kunal Bhatia@kunalslab · Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp
This reminds me of the Xbox app where there was a movie theater scene at the bottom and your avatar would go sit down when you went to watch the same thing as a friend. At least this doesn't require Xbox gold!