At 21:00 BST on Saturday 6 June 2020, we’re going to be watching The King on Netflix and want you to join us in a Netflix Party! To join us, you’ll need to get yourself setup for doing Netflix Party, for which instructions are below, as well as a link to join, which will appear here closer to the time.
What is Netflix Party?
Netflix Party is a way that people can watch a TV show or film on Netflix at exactly the same time as each other and comment on the film with live text chat.
How does it work?
The person hosting (in this case, us!) has control of the film, so when you join the party, what you are watching is synced exactly to what the host is watching. So if we pause the film, it pauses for everyone (not that we’re planning to do that) – in other words, it’s perfectly synced up.
How do I use it?
First of all, you need to have a Netflix account. Secondly, it only works on laptops/desktop computers using the Google Chrome browser, so you can’t watch it on your mobile, tablet or TV.
Assuming you can tick all of those boxes, you need to install the Netflix Party plugin, which you can find here: https://www.netflixparty.com/
You’re now all set up and there should be a grey NP icon visible on your Chrome toolbar. To watch The King with us, you’ll need a URL code that we will provide closer to the time (this page will be updated, also on our social media channels). Once the link has loaded, you then need to click the NP icon, at which point you should automatically join the party. If you join late, you’ll join at whatever point in the film we’ve reached.
How many people can join the party?
There never used to be a specified limit, but the website is now suggesting up to 50 “is feasible” depending on the Netflix Party servers. This suggests on a bad night it could be less though doesn’t explicitly rule out more than 50 on a good night. We don’t know how many people will join us, so if you try to join and are told that it’s full then unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about that.
Can I watch it ‘with you’ later?
Netflix Party deletes the chat after the party has finished, so unfortunately it’s not possible to do this. However, we are going to review the film in a podcast episode so you’ll get to know what we think about it.
What’s the film actually about?
Aha! The King is a Netflix original film about King Henry V of England, starring Timothée Chalamet as the king in question, looking at his early years as Prince Hal and then becoming king, leading up to war with France and the Battle of Agincourt. It’s not Shakespeare’s text but it is essentially Shakespeare’s version of Henry V (plus some of Henry IV) in terms of some plotting and characterisation.