Discord is a free chat application that is usable by anyone and not just gamers. You can use the Go Live feature of Discord to stream Netflix and other video sources to watch movies with your friends.
Streaming Netflix on Discord
Discord does not detect and use your Netflix streaming source automatically. You will need to add it as a game to Discord and keep it active whenever you want to stream a movie or even a TV show, writes The Next Web.
Open the Discord app and click on the gear icon in the bottom-left corner next to your Discord username. When the Settings open up, click on the Game Activity tab on the left under the Game Settings header.
On the right pane, click the Add It hyperlink next to the Not Seeing your Game text to reveal the drop-down menu for adding the browser. Then, click the downward arrow to reveal the list of apps that Discord can detect. Pick the web browser that you want to use for streaming video.
After picking a browser, click the Add Game button to add it as a game to your server. Discord will select it and show a Now Playing label under it.
Press the Esc key to exit the Settings menu. Before you proceed, disable the hardware acceleration in the browser that you chose for streaming Netflix.
Disable Hardware Acceleration in Browser
When using Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Microsoft Edge to stream Netflix or another video platform, you will need to turn off the Hardware Acceleration. Otherwise, the Discord app stream will only show a black screen, according to The Windows Club.
For Google Chrome, click on the three-dot menu icon found in the top-right corner of the window, and then select Settings. Scroll down to click on Advanced. Navigate to the System section and toggle off the "Use hardware acceleration when available" setting. Then click "Relaunch" to restart the browser.
For Microsoft Edge, open the browser and click the three-dot menu icon found in the top-right corner of the window. Select Settings and select System from the left-hand navigation pane. From the right pane, toggle off the "Use hardware acceleration when available" setting, and then hit "Restart" to apply the changes.
When using Mozilla Firefox, launch the browser and click on the three-bar menu icon found in the top-right corner of the window. From the menu, click on Options.
Scroll down to the Performance section until you see the checkbox for "Use recommended performance settings" and uncheck it. That reveals another checkbox for "Use hardware acceleration when available." Uncheck that box too.
How to stream Netflix and screen share with Discord
After making the necessary changes to your browser, open Netflix in the browser of your choice. Sign in and play any video.
Go to the Discord server that you created to stream Netflix for watching movies with your friends. Click the Screen Share icon located just above the User Settings to adjust the stream's video settings.
You will see the Screen Share settings window and you need to sign up and use a Discord Nitro account to unlock a higher frame rate, 60fps, and 1080p resolution for your stream. This service will cost $9.99 per month.
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Written by Sieeka Khan