Created by a couple who had to spend long periods of time apart in their relationship, twoseven is designed with simplicity in mind and runs straight from your browser.
Twoseven supports YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo and Crunchyroll so far, but crucially it also lets you watch private videos either person has on their PC (only one of you has to own the video).
That’s not all. The browser-based app has built-in text and video capabilities, so you don’t have to rely on an external video chat app to see your friend and share your video-viewing experience with them face-to-face.
There’s even a twoseven Chrome extension that instantly lets you know if a video on a given website is supported in the app and lets you share it with your friend with a couple of clicks.
Multi-platform and compatible with all the biggest video player apps out there (including VLC, KM Player and Media Player Classic), Syncplay is a free tool that allows you to sync video streams with friends. You need to have the movies you want to watch stored locally on your hard drive, but once you set up, it’s just a case of you and your Caribbean Cupid sign up friend saying you’re “Ready to Watch” and hitting the Play button.
Either person can pause and rewind the stream, and it’s a great way to get the comfort of using your favorite video player while watching movies together.
With Watch2gether, watching videos online with friends in real time is fairly straightforward. There is no registration required – all you need is a temporary nickname.
To get started, simply click the “Create a Room” button on its home page. Type in your temporary nickname, and it will bring you to a video (and chat) room where you can start adding friends to chat. You have the option to either invite your own friends to a room that you created or join a room that is already in operation and become a part of the viewing party and conversation.
The nice part about Watch2gether is that you have the choice to select or search video sources from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, or audio from SoundCloud.
If your streaming platform of choice is YouTube, then Gaze might be just what you’re looking for. Using Gaze is incredibly simple. One user creates a room and sends the link for the room to another person. That’s it. Both parties can then immediately start streaming videos in sync.
Unfortunately, Gaze can only be used with two parties simultaneously. While this might be perfect for a long distance date night, if you intend on inviting more than one person, you’ll want to look at some of the other services on this list.
You can not only watch YouTube together with Gaze, but sync local files as well. Just be aware that in order to do this, both parties need to have the file you want to watch on their computers. Fortunately, there are a number of websites that allow users to send large files free of charge.
Kast differs from a lot of the other services mentioned on this list in that it is not limited to only syncing video streams. Instead, Kast allows users to essentially “share” a browser. This enables users to sync all sorts of content across multiple devices remotely. While syncing videos from Netflix or YouTube es, documents and more.
Getting up and running with Kast is a breeze. You can download its Desktop client for Windows or macOS, or simply use the web version (only supported in Chrome browser) to start a session. From here, you can either create your own party, or join existing live stream.