Watch movies with your friends via Discord’s live streaming feature


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Discord is a great program if you are trying to keep in touch with friends online – and in the last few days, it has become more important than ever. It also gives you more options than just text and voice chat, which I recommend taking advantage of to reduce isolation.

For example, what could be a better tonic for loneliness and cabin fever than a good movie night with friends, or watch a program together excessively? The good old Discord actually gives you a way to watch movies with friends, even if it’s not official. Here’s how to use it.

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To take advantage of this, you need to have your own Discord server, or at least be part of it, where you have enough leeway to configure something like this. If you want to know how to configure your own server, click here for instructions. In addition, you will need access to a voice chat room, as well as a headset and microphone ready for chat.

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The next thing you will need to do is go to the settings and find the “Play Activity” option. At the top of the screen you will see the text “Add” which allows you to define certain programs as “games”, which means that the platform will detect when you run them. You will see a list Add the program you are using to play the movie or show that you are watching – as an example, I used Google Chrome when taking this screenshot.

You should do this because Discord’s Go Live feature is designed to stream games to a small group, but it doesn’t make the difference between games and any other program. So when you’re broadcasting a movie live, you can basically stream video and audio to your audience.

Then join a voice chat room in your Discord. If you’ve added your movie viewer, it will appear as a small thumbnail at the bottom of your screen, above the “connected voice” indicator. Below you will see an icon that looks like a TV with a curved arrow. This is the “Go Live” button. Click it when you’ve set up your movie, and you’ll start playing the video and audio for the program you’ve selected. Your film will actually be “live”.

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From here, you can invite people to watch the broadcast – the usual limit is 10, although it was increased to 50 during the COVID-19 epidemic. You can end the stream at any time by clicking the button that looks like a TV with an X in it.

And There you go. You can now watch movies, shows, and videos with your friends. Good luck!

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