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How to Use Discord to Watch Movies with Friends

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Discord is a fantastic free chat tool that can be used by anybody, not just gamers. You may utilize Discord’s Go Live functionality to watch movies with your friends while streaming Netflix (or another video source). This is how it works.

Before you begin, make sure your Discord program is up to date on your Windows 10 PC or Mac, that you have created a new Discord server, and that you have invited your friends to join it.

Related: How to Download a Discord Profile Picture

How to Add a Browser or Netflix App as a Game to Discord

Discord does not automatically recognize and use your Netflix streaming source (the browser or the app). You must add it to Discord as a game and keep it active anytime you wish to stream a movie or a TV show.

Launch the Discord app and tap the gear icon in the bottom-left corner, next to your Discord username.

When the Settings window opens, select the “Game Activity” tab on the left, just below the “Game Settings” title.

Click the “Add It” hyperlink next to the “Not seeing your game” text in the right pane to see the drop-down box for adding the browser.

Click the downward arrow to show the list of apps that Discord can identify. Choose the web browser you wish to use for streaming video (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox).

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

Discord will choose the option you chose and display a “Now playing” label beneath it.

To quit the Settings menu, use the Esc key. Before we continue, let’s disable hardware acceleration in the browser you used to watch Netflix.

In the browser, disable hardware acceleration.

You must disable Hardware Acceleration while using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge to stream Netflix or another video platform. Otherwise, viewers will only see a dark screen on the Discord app stream.

Chrome by Google

In Chrome, select “Settings” from the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner of the window.

 

Scroll down to click on “Advanced.”

Toggle off the “Use hardware acceleration when available” setting in the System section. Then, to restart the browser, select “Relaunch.”

Microsoft Edge

If you intend to use Microsoft Edge, launch it and select the three-dot menu symbol in the upper-right corner of the window.

Select “Settings.”

Then, from the left-hand navigation pane, pick “System.”

Toggle off the “Use hardware acceleration when available” setting in the right pane, then click “Restart” to implement the changes.

Mozilla Firefox

Launch Firefox and choose the three-bar menu icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

From the menu, click on “Options.”

Scroll down to the Performance section and uncheck the checkbox for “Use suggested performance settings.” This displays another checkbox for “Use hardware acceleration when available,” which should also be unchecked.

How to Stream Netflix and Screen Share with Discord

Scroll down to the Performance section and clear the “Use suggested performance settings” item, which reveals another checkbox for “Use hardware acceleration when available,” which should also be disabled.

The Screen Share options box will appear. The program automatically selects 720p resolution and a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

Sign up for and utilize a Discord Nitro account to enable a faster frame rate (60fps) and 1080p quality for your stream.

Sign up for and use a Discord Nitro account to enable your broadcast to run at a higher frame rate (60fps) and in 1080p resolution.

This will launch the Netflix movie live stream in the browser or app of your choice. Within the Discord app window, a brief preview of the broadcast will be displayed.

This will open the Netflix movie live stream in your preferred browser or app. A brief preview of the broadcast will be presented within the Discord app window.

Next, invite your friends to join the live broadcast by clicking on your Discord name in the active voice channel of the particular server. This is how the Netflix stream will appear in the Discord app of your buddies.

That’s all. Over your Discord server, you and your friends may watch the same Netflix movies and TV series.

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