Have you ever wanted to watch Netflix with friends or family who live far away? Or maybe you just want to host a virtual movie night with your gaming buddies on Discord. Streaming Netflix on Discord is a great way to do both!
In this guide, I’ll explain multiple methods for streaming Netflix through Discord, using bots, browser sources, and screen sharing. We’ll also cover tips for improving video quality and avoiding getting banned. Read on to learn how to stream Netflix like a pro on Discord!
Why Stream Netflix on Discord?
Here are some of the key benefits of streaming Netflix over Discord:
- Watch shows together – Discord allows you to stream video to multiple people at once. This makes it easy to sync up Netflix and watch shows with friends or family remotely.
- No account sharing – Rather than sharing your Netflix login details, streaming over Discord lets everyone use their own accounts.
- Flexibility – You can stream Netflix from any device – desktop, laptop, tablet, etc. All you need is Discord on one device and Netflix on another.
- Better quality – Using Discord’s Go Live streaming gives higher quality than screen sharing apps like Zoom. Video stays crisp for all viewers.
- Chat while watching – Discord’s built-in chat makes it perfect for commenting on shows and hanging out while you watch. Way more fun than just texting!
How to Stream Netflix on Discord
Method 1: Using Discord Bots
One of the easiest ways to stream Netflix on Discord is by using specialized bots. Here are some top options:
Rythm is one of the most popular and full-featured Discord bots. It offers high-quality music streaming, and can also play videos from YouTube, Twitch, and more.
To use Rythm for Netflix:
- First, add Rythm Bot to your Discord server.
- Open Netflix on your computer in a web browser or the app.
- Start playing a show, then click the “Share Screen” button in Discord’s bottom menu.
- In the pop-up, choose to share your entire screen or just your web browser/Netflix app window.
- Rythm will now start streaming the audio and video from your shared screen to the voice channel.
The biggest advantage of Rythm is it streams very smoothly without lag. You get audio and video perfectly in sync. Just note that Rythm is not designed solely for Netflix, so it lacks some specialized features.
Method 2: Discord Screen Share
You can also directly stream Netflix using Discord’s built-in Go Live streaming. Here’s how:
- Ensure you have the latest version of Discord on your computer.
- Open the Discord desktop app and join a voice channel.
- Click the “Go Live” button at the bottom of the screen.
- Select the window or application you want to stream. For Netflix, choose your web browser tab or Netflix app window.
- Click “Go Live” and your entire Discord server can now watch as you broadcast Netflix!
- For improved video quality, check the box for “Enable Video Settings” under Advanced. Bump the resolution up from its default 360p.
The advantage of Discord’s screen sharing is maximum simplicity. No extensions or bots needed – just start streaming Netflix to your server with one click.
You can also stream Netflix from your phone or tablet using the Discord mobile app:
- Join a voice channel on the Discord mobile app.
- Tap the “+” icon in the bottom right and select “Go Live”.
- Choose “Screen” to broadcast your entire device screen. Be sure Netflix is open.
- Tap “Start Broadcast” and your screen will now be shared live, including Netflix.
- For better video quality, tap the gear icon. Under “Advanced”, choose a higher video bitrate like 4000kbps.
Going live from mobile has more limitations than desktop. But it allows streaming Netflix anywhere on the go. Video quality is dependent on your upload speed.
Method 3: Browser Source in OBS
For advanced streamers, you can use OBS Studio to share Netflix on Discord with high control over quality and layout:
- Have Netflix open in a browser tab on your streaming PC.
- Download and install OBS Studio.
- In OBS, click the + icon to add a “Browser” source. Select your Netflix tab.
- Right click the browser source > Transform > Fit to Screen. This nicely fits Netflix into the OBS layout.
- Go to Settings > Stream and select Discord as the streaming service.
- Click Start Streaming. OBS will now broadcast Netflix to Discord using quality settings you customize.
With OBS, you can really customize the Netflix stream – overlay text/images, adjust bitrates, and more. But it involves more steps to configure. Try it if you want maximum control for a professional looking stream.
Tips for Streaming Netflix Smoothly
Here are some tips to help your Netflix on Discord streams run smoothly:
- Close extra programs – Quit any unnecessary apps running in the background on your streaming computer to free up resources.
- Use Ethernet – For best connectivity, use a wired internet connection rather than WiFi when streaming. This prevents lag from inconsistent wireless signals.
- Adjust bitrate – In Discord’s advanced settings, try increasing video bitrate to 6000kbps or higher for better HD quality.
- Limit viewers – Don’t add too many viewers on one stream. 10 or fewer is ideal. Too many will degrade the video. They can take turns streaming instead.
- Update Discord – Make sure you’re running the latest version of Discord for best performance and reliability.
- Check internet speed – An upload speed of at least 5 Mbps is recommended for HD streaming. Test yours at Fast.com. Upgrade your internet plan if needed.
Avoid Getting Banned When Streaming Netflix
Since streaming licensed content like Netflix is technically against Discord’s terms, there is a small risk your account or server may get banned. Here are some precautions to take:
- Don’t share login credentials or enable piracy. All viewers must use their own Netflix account.
- Keep streams private and limited to people you know and trust. Don’t promote public Netflix viewing rooms.
- If Discord contacts you about a policy violation, immediately stop the stream.
- Streaming 1-2 movies for personal use is generally fine. Just don’t overdo it with huge public streaming marathons.
- Use a VPN to help keep your IP address private and avoid snooping by overzealous copyright bots.
- Be prepared to stop streams and move platforms if Discord cracking down in the future. They allow Netflix now, but policies could change.
Overall, streaming Netflix on Discord in moderation is unlikely to cause issues. Just use common sense!
Is Streaming Netflix on Discord Allowed?
Officially, Netflix’s terms of service prohibit sharing accounts or enabling others to view content without paying. However, streaming over Discord falls into more of a gray area.
You aren’t sharing login credentials or enabling access to someone else’s account. All participants are still individual paying members. You are simply streaming your own screen that happens to have Netflix playing.
Many Discord users stream Netflix daily without issue. Just avoid illegally sharing accounts or ripping/distributing content, and you should be fine. Worst case, Netflix or Discord may block an individual stream if there are complaints. But accounts generally won’t be banned for casual streaming.
I hope this guide covered everything you need to know to successfully stream Netflix on Discord! With the right settings and tools, you can have movie nights, long distance watch parties, and more…all without leaving your favorite chat app.
The methods range from incredibly simple like basic screen sharing to more advanced bots and OBS streaming. Pick the one that best fits your needs for quality, features, and ease of use.
Just follow some common sense rules, and streaming Netflix on Discord can be a fun experience. Don’t let distance prevent you from binge watching shows with friends any longer!
With the amazing power of Discord streaming and Netflix’s huge catalog, you have a world of entertainment possibilities at your fingertips. Now get out there and start streaming like a pro!
FAQ About Netflix on Discord
Is Netflix on Discord legal?
It’s a bit of a gray area. Technically it violates Netflix’s ToS, but Discord doesn’t explicitly prohibit it for personal use. Many users stream without issue. Just avoid sharing accounts, hosting public viewing rooms, or mass redistributing content illegally.
Does Netflix work with Discord screen share?
Yes! You can easily share your full desktop screen, individual windows, or mobile device screen to stream Netflix video and audio directly through Discord’s Go Live streaming.
How do I improve Netflix video quality on Discord?
Increase the Discord stream bitrate to 6000kbps or higher in the advanced settings. Also close other apps, use wired internet, limit viewers, and make sure you have at least 5Mbps upload speed.
Can I watch Netflix on Discord mobile?
Yep! Open the Discord mobile app, join a voice channel, tap the + icon, and select to stream your mobile device screen. With Netflix opened on your phone or tablet, it will broadcast to your Discord call.
Is it possible to sync Netflix playback across viewers?
Yes, using bots like Rythm or Netflix Party will sync everyone’s playback perfectly. Basic screen sharing has no syncing. But services like Watch2Gether can sync based on the stream time.
Can I stream Netflix using OBS?
Sure! Just add your Netflix browser tab as a source in OBS, then go to Settings > Stream and select Discord as the streaming service. OBS gives you lots of control over video settings and layout when streaming to Discord.
Will streaming Netflix get my Discord account banned?
It’s unlikely for casual personal streams, but there is some minimal risk. Avoid public viewing rooms, account sharing, redistributing content, and streaming extensively. Overall though, many users stream daily without issues following basic precautions.