How to Stream Netflix on Discord to Watch TV Shows and Movies with Friends

Over the past year, Discord received several updates to make it a mainstream communication platform and not just a player-centric one. A key example of this would be Discord Stage Channels, the company’s clubhouse-like feature to encourage open interactions. With the general user base increasing, if your friends have recently joined the platform, this is how you can host a Netflix streaming party on Discord. We will teach you how to stream Netflix on Discord with sound and without black screen issues.

Stream Netflix on Discord (2021)

Before you ask, how to stream Netflix on Discord mobile apps? Let me say it from the beginning. You can’t stream Netflix on the Discord mobile apps, including iOS and Android, due to DRM limitations. However, you can easily share your screen on Discord mobile. And if Netflix isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, you can throw a Spotify listening party on Discord as well. With that said, this is how you can watch Netflix movies and TV shows with your friends on Discord.

Note: While this article focuses on Netflix, you can follow these steps to stream your favourite TV shows and movies through any of the popular streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video and Disney + Hotstar.

1. Download the Discord app

If you’ve been using Discord via the web version like I have, you’ll need to download the Discord app first. You can download the application from the official Web site. Once you’ve downloaded the app, log in by scanning a QR code from the mobile app or using your Discord credentials.

download discord app

2. Turn off hardware acceleration – Fix black screen issue for streaming Netflix on Discord

Now one of the most common problems people encounter when trying to stream Netflix on Discord is a black screen. So if you’re wondering how to get rid of the black screen when streaming on Discord or how to stream Netflix without the black screen. Well, we’ve got you covered.

If you don’t want to see a black screen while streaming Netflix on Discord, you should turn off hardware acceleration in your browser. We have included steps to disable hardware acceleration in three popular browsers: Google Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. You can follow the steps depending on the browser you choose. If you are using a browser that we have not mentioned here, go to your Settings and look for hardware acceleration and disable the toggle.

Note: This method doesn’t work in Safari for Mac because, starting with macOS Catalina, you can now manually turn hardware acceleration on or off. You will then see a black screen when you try to stream Netflix in Safari for Mac.

Disable hardware acceleration in Google Chrome

1. Open Chrome, click on the vertical three-dot menu in the upper right corner and select “Settings”.

chrome setting

2. Go to the “System” tab on the left sidebar in the “Advanced” settings and disable the switch that says “Use hardware acceleration when available.” Restart Chrome after disabling the toggle.

disable hw chrome acceleration

Disable hardware acceleration in Microsoft Edge

1. Open Edge and go to “Settings” by clicking the horizontal three-dot menu in the upper right corner.

open edge setting

2. Switch to the “System” tab on the left sidebar and disable the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option. Once done, restart the browser to stream Netflix on Discord without black screen issues.

disable hw acceleration edge

Disable hardware acceleration in Firefox

1. If you are using Firefox, click on the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) in the upper right corner and select “Settings”.

firefox settings

2. Scroll down until you find the Section “Performance” in the “General” tab. Here you will find a check box that says “Use recommended performance settings.” Uncheck it and you will see another checkbox to disable hardware acceleration. Uncheck the “Use hardware acceleration when available” check box too.

disable hw firefox acceleration

3. Play Netflix and set up Discord

Now that you’ve disabled hardware acceleration, you’re ready to stream Netflix for friends on Discord. Follow the steps below to get started:

1. Open Netflix and keep your favorite Netflix movie or TV series ready to play. Once you’ve done this, minimize the tab and open the Discord app.

play content on netflix

2. In the Discord app, click on the “Settings” icon next to your username in the lower left corner.

open discord settings

3. From the Settings page, go to the tab “Activity status” from the left sidebar and click “Add!” button next to “Can’t see your game?”

add netflix as activity discord

4. You will now see a list of applications running in the background. Choose the browser window with Netflix and click the “Add Game” button.

confirm selection and add game

5. Now navigate to the server where you would like to stream the movie or TV show and click the “Broadcast” button present above your username. Alternatively, you can join a voice channel, click the “Share Screen” button at the bottom left, and select the browser you are using to stream Netflix.

click on the Discord broadcast button

6. Choose the voice channel you would like to host the movie on and set the resolution. If you don’t have Discord Nitro, the maximum resolution you can stream is 720p at 30fps. To stream Netflix at 1080p / 60fps, you will need a Discord Nitro subscription.

choose channel and resolution

7. Once you have chosen the channel and the quality of the transmission, click the “Go Live” button to start streaming.

go live discord

8. And that’s it. Server members can now click on the “Live” label in the voice channel and join your party of watching Netflix on Discord.

start watching netflix in discord

9. When you want to end the observing party, click the “End call” button from the left sidebar.

stop the stream discord

Although you now know how to stream Netflix on Discord without any hiccups, you must have this nagging question at the back of your mind: Is it illegal to stream Netflix on Discord? And well, the answer to that question is yes. It’s illegal to stream Netflix and any other streaming platform, like Disney Plus, Hulu, or Prime Video, to friends on Discord. If you want more information see 4.2 and 4.6 on the Netflix Terms of Use page.

Frequent questions

Q. Why is my screen black while streaming Netflix on Discord?

Getting a black screen while streaming Netflix on Discord is one of the most common problems. You can fix the Netflix black screen problem by disabling hardware acceleration in your web browser. The steps for each individual browser can be found above.

Q. Is it legal to stream Netflix on Discord?

No, it is not legal to stream Netflix on Discord or anywhere else. In fact, the Netflix Terms of Use mention it too. We don’t tolerate streaming Netflix on Discord, however, it’s nice to know how you can do it anyway.

Q. Can I stream Netflix on Discord from a mobile device?

No, you cannot stream Netflix on Discord from a mobile device due to DRM limitations.

Watch Netflix shows with friends on Discord

So, this is how you can stream Netflix on Discord. It’s a straightforward process once you get past the slight inconvenience of disabling hardware acceleration. The payoff, however, is that you can have a fun movie night with friends, and it’s well worth it. If you’re looking for other options for watching movies together with friends online, check out our linked guide. We also have a separate guide on how to set up an Amazon Prime Video viewing party, so be sure to check that if Prime Video is your preferred streaming platform.

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