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Coronavirus: How to use Netflix Party and what to watch during isolation

If you’re in isolation and binging on shows alone, why not make it more social with Netflix Party? Find out how to use it and what to watch below.

All you need is Google Chrome, a computer, the Chrome extension and access to a Netflix account. Plus it’s a free service with millions of downloads already.

This could be the perfect solution for anyone missing group binging. What it does is sync the video playback across all party members and creates a private chat channel for those watching. It’s almost the perfect streaming solution to coronavirus isolation.

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How to use Netflix Party?

Follow these steps to get Netflix Party working on a desktop or laptop computer:

  1. Open up Google Chrome. If you haven’t got Google Chrome, download it.
  2. Once Google Chrome is open, go to the Netflix Party Chrome Extension.
  3. On the extension page, click ‘Add to Chrome’ to install it.
  4. When installed, go to Netflix.com and log in.
  5. Inside Netflix, find something you want to watch and start streaming.
  6. In Chrome, next to the URL address bar you’ll see an ‘NP’ icon.
  7. Click ‘NP’ and then from the dropdown click ‘Start Party’.
  8. You’ll be given a URL that you need to share with the people you want to watch Netflix with.

Here’s the catch, everyone who joins the party must have the Netflix Party extension. To join a Netflix Party:

  1. Make sure you’re logged into Netflix in Google Chrome.
  2. Then click on the URL that you’ve been shared.
  3. Press the ‘NP’ icon to join the Netflix Party.

Unfortunately, these steps do not work on mobile and tablet devices even with Google Chrome.

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We recommend connecting your computer to a TV for better viewing. Once that’s done use Netflix Party to sync video only. Instead of the chat channel, use your mobile device and make a separate video or voice chat with those in your Netflix Party. It’s far more social.

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What to stream with Netflix Party

Not all movies and shows are worth watching in a Netflix Party. You want big scares or laughs only. Avoid anything with depth because you’ll end up missing what you’re watching as everyone is constantly asking questions or explaining what someone has missed.

These are our recommendations:

I Am Not Okay With This

In our opinion, this is one of Netflix’s best new shows. If you don’t mind teen-drama in a Stephen King Carrie storyline, then this is perfect to binge on with friends.

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Don’t F*** With Cats

If you and your friends are looking for a social media murder docu-series then Don’t F*** With Cats is unmissable. One condition, if anyone in the party has seen it already, kick them out. You don’t want them teasing what happens next.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

For big laugh out loud moments, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is the #1 choice. It’s the funniest movie on this list, with a mix of horror archetypes and comedy it’s the perfect thing to stream during these stressful times.

Outbreak

If your party is itching for something virus-inspired then Outbreak is the less terrifying option. Plus it gives you the opportunity to dazzle with some general knowledge, the monkey in Outbreak is Marcel from Friends.

Child’s Play

If you want some jump scares there’s nothing more appropriate than 1988s Child’s Play. See which of your friends is scared of a doll and then uncontrollably laugh at them in chat. It’s the perfect social movie if over 18.

Olympus Has Fallen

If you need action then Olympus Has Fallen is dumb, loud, and fun. Plus, it’s got some great sequences you and friends can rip apart because of their ridiculousness.

Goon

If you want to watch Seann William Scott get punched in the face then Goon is perfect. No doubt you and your Netflix Party friends will laugh and get amped up due to the fights in the movie, just remember you’re meant to be in isolation. So no going out.

Three tips to keep your premium streaming account safe from hackers

Don’t be low-hanging fruit that hackers profit from — follow these simple steps and do more to keep your premium streaming accounts safe.

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#1. Always use different passwords

If you’re using the same password on two or more services, you’re making it easier to get hacked. That’s especially true if you’ve been using the same email and password for years.

The security on Amazon, Facebook, et al, is strong, but still hackable. Yet, think back to all those free trials, stores, and competition services you’ve signed up to using the same email and password combination. The security on smaller sites is often weaker, and can be easy pickings for a hacker.

Every location you use an important email and password increases your future chance of being hacked. It’s hard to have countless email addresses, but it’s pretty simple to have lots of passwords. Don’t end up with an account on the black market; change your password now.

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#2. Never use links in emails to log in

Don’t get tricked by fake emails from official-looking sources. Remember to always check the sender’s email address before clicking any links. Normally, you can tell it’s unofficial by the ridiculous-looking sender’s email address. Make sure it’s @Netflix.com or @Hulu.com et al. If it’s not official-looking, mark it as junk and delete.

If you accidentally click a link before checking the sender’s email address, don’t worry, just close the browser. Always try to remember: never ever follow a link asking you to log in from an email. It’s the same as if someone phones and asks you to “prove its you.” Hang up.

All of this is phishing for your information. Stay safe and only log in via official channels.

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#3. Regularly check the devices using your account

After reading this, log in to your premium streaming services and look for the option to “Manage Devices.” This option is available on Amazon, Hulu, and most other services.

It’s used to limit the amount of devices you have hooked up to a single account. However, you can use it to identify if there are any strange devices connected.

If you do see any devices that shouldn’t be connected, remove it immediately. You should then immediately change your password. If you’re using a service where you cannot manage devices, change your password address ASAP, and don’t risk your account being on the black market.

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There is no way to be 100% hacker-proof, but by following these tips, you can keep your streaming account safer and not as easy a target. These steps are also valid for other streaming services like Spotify et al. Be safe online, and stream happy.

Netflix: How to turn off the autoplay feature when browsing

If you’re like us, you spend most of your streaming time looking for great content to watch. It can be a time-consuming task, one that can quickly become a pain when every time you stop browsing on Netflix, it autoplays a trailer or preview.

If you’re sitting back at home, it’s fine, but if you’re commuting or have a data cap, it can be really problematic. Fortunately, Netflix has added an option to turn off autoplay when browsing. If you want to disable as we do, this is how:

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  1. Go to Netflix.com on a browser using a computer, phone, or tablet. We have not been able to disable via apps on any other device, including consoles and set-top boxes.
  2. Log in to your profile.
  3. On the profile page select “Manage Profiles”
  4. Then select the profile you want to manage.
  5. On that profile at the bottom are two toggle options:
    • Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices
    • Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices
  6. Uncheck “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices”
  7. Select “Save”

You can see the toggle option and profile screen below:

Netflix browsing autoplay toggle
Credit: Netflix

You can now enjoy browsing in silence. Trailers and previews will no longer autoplay. Thank you Netflix, but it was definitely about time this option was added.

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How to sign-up for CBS All Access

If you’re looking for a great crime drama, mysterious tale, or Star Trek, you should sign-up to CBS All Access. This streaming service not only unlocks a great library of on-demand shows, but live TV and NFL too.

To sign up for CBS All Access, follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.cbs.com/all-access/.
  2. Select “Try It Free”
  3. Enter your information and choose a password.
  4. Read the terms of use, privacy policy, and video services policy, and select the “​checkbox”
  5. Select “Sign Up”
  6. Then select a plan from the two options (with ads or without ads)
  7. Enter your billing information and select “Start CBS All Access”
  8. You’ll receive an email from CBS All Access confirming your subscription.
  9. You can now add devices to your CBS All Access account and start watching.

When subscribing, you have a 7-day free trial. If you cancel your subscription during this time, you will not be billed.

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How much does CBS All Access cost?

There are two versions of CBS All Access. These are:

  • Limited Commercials, $5.99 monthly: This CBS All Access plan includes commercials in on-demand videos. These occur at a similar rate to live TV.
  • Commercial-Free, $9.99 monthly: This CBS All Access plan has no ads in on-demand videos. However, the CBS Live TV stream will still have commercials.

You can switch between both versions, or cancel at any time.

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CBS All Access compatible devices

To use CBS All Access, you need a high-speed internet connection and one of these compatible devices:

  • A compatible web browser like Chrome, Edge, or Safari
  • The CBS All Access app on an Apple or Android device
  • On a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or Apple TV device
  • SmartTV’s including LG and Samsung brands.
  • You can also stream via the CBS All Access app on Playstation 4 or Xbox One.

CBS All Access can also be added to your existing Amazon, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now subscriptions.

Streaming local content in your area

If you are having issues finding an online streaming service that works in your area, you should sign-up to CBS All Access, because it is available in more than 200 markets. Plus, CBS All Access gives you access to their 24/7 live news channel.

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How to cancel CBS All Access via browsers, smartphones, and more

If you’ve watched every episode of Blue Blood, Criminal Minds, and Star Trek: Picard isn’t tantalizing, perhaps it’s time to cancel your CBS All Access subscription? If so, we’ve got you covered with this step-by-step guide.

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Cancel via a web browser

Follow this method if you subscribed to CBS All Access via a web browser:

  1. Using a web browser go to www.cbs.com/all-access/account/
  2. Log in using your CBS All Access account details
  3. On your account page select “Cancel Subscription”
  4. Confirm the cancellation
  5. Check for a confirmation email from CBS All Access.

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Cancel via iPhone and iPad

Follow this method if you subscribed via an Apple mobile device:

  1. Open the “Settings” app
  2. Select your name from the top of the Settings app
  3. Swipe down and select “Subscriptions”
  4. Select the “CBS All Access” subscription option
  5. Select “Cancel Subscription”
  6. Confirm your cancellation
  7. Check for a confirmation email from CBS All Access.

Cancel via Android:

Follow this method if you subscribed via your Android device:

  1. On your Android device go to the Google Play Store
  2. Select the “Menu” button (three dots)
  3. Then select “Subscriptions” from the menu
  4. Select “CBS All Access”
  5. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  6. Confirm your cancellation
  7. Check for a confirmation email from CBS All Access.

Cancel via Amazon

Follow this method if you subscribed to CBS All Access via Amazon:

  1. Visit your Amazon subscription page
  2. Select “Actions”
  3. Select “Turn off auto-renewal” next to CBS All Access
  4. Confirm the cancellation
  5. Check for a confirmation email.

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Cancel via iTunes

Follow this method if you subscribed to CBS All Access via iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Log in to iTunes using your Apple ID
  3. Select “Account” from the menu
  4. From the Account menu select “View My Account”
  5. Under Settings select “Manage Subscriptions”
  6. Select “Edit” next to CBS All Access from your subscription options
  7. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  8. Confirm your cancellation
  9. Check for a confirmation email from Apple.

Cancel via Roku

Follow this method if you subscribed to CBS All Access via Roku:

  1. Go to the “Channel Store” on your Roku device
  2. Select “CBS All Access” from the channel list
  3. Then select “Manage Subscription”
  4. Select “Cancel Subscription”
  5. Confirm your cancellation
  6. Check for a confirmation email from CBS All Access.

Cancel via a console

Follow this method if you subscribed to CBS All Access via the Playstation app:

  1. Select “Settings” on the home screen
  2. Select “Account Management”
  3. Log in using your Playstation account details
  4. Select “Account Information”
  5. Then select “Playstation Subscriptions”
  6. Select “CBS All Access”
  7. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  8. Confirm your cancellation
  9. Check for a confirmation email from CBS All Access.

If you subscribed to CBS All Access via the Xbox app, follow these steps:

  1. Select “Settings” from the dashboard
  2. Select “Account”
  3. Log in using your Xbox account details
  4. Select “Manage Subscriptions”
  5. Then select “CBS All Access”
  6. Select “Cancel Subscription”
  7. Confirm your cancellation
  8. Check for a confirmation email from CBS All Access.

Cancel via other devices

If you have subscribed to CBS All Access via any other device, including a smart TV, you can cancel your subscription by using the steps outlined under the “Cancel via a web browser” section at the top of this guide.

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How to cancel Hulu via browsers, smartphones, and more

Whether you’re waiting for The Handmaid’s Tale and Castle Rock to return, or simply looking to cut your streaming service costs, we’ve got you covered with this guide to cancelling your Hulu subscription.

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Cancel via a web browser

Follow this method if you subscribed to Hulu via a web browser:

  1. Using a web browser go to Hulu.com/account 
  2. Log in using your Hulu account details
  3. On your account page select “Cancel”
  4. Confirm the cancellation
  5. Check for a confirmation email from Hulu.

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Cancel via iPhone and iPad

If you subscribed via the Hulu iPhone app, you must cancel your subscription via a web browser. You cannot unsubscribe via the app.

Cancel via Android:

Follow this method if you subscribed to Hulu via an Android app:

  1. Open the Hulu Android app
  2. Select the “Account” icon on the app main screen
  3. Log in if prompted, using your Hulu account details
  4. From the menu select the chevron next to “Account”
  5. From the “Account” screen select “Cancel Your Subscription”
  6. Confirm the cancellation
  7. Check for a confirmation email from Hulu.

Cancel via Amazon:

Follow this method if you subscribed to Hulu via Amazon:

  1. Visit your Amazon subscription page
  2. Select “Actions”
  3. Select “Turn off auto-renewal” by the Hulu selection
  4. Confirm the cancellation
  5. Check for a confirmation email from Hulu.

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Cancel via Disney+:

To cancel your Hulu subscription as part of the Disney bundle, you must manage your Disney subscription. To do this, follow these steps.

Cancel via iTunes:

Follow this method if you subscribed to Hulu via iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Log in to iTunes using your Apple ID
  3. Select “Account” from the menu
  4. From the Account menu select “View My Account”
  5. Under Settings select “Manage Subscriptions”
  6. Select “Edit” next to Hulu from your subscription options
  7. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  8. Confirm your cancellation
  9. Check for a confirmation email from Apple.

Cancel via Playstation or Xbox:

Follow this method if you subscribed to Hulu via the Playstation app:

  1. Select “Settings” on the home screen
  2. Select “Account Management”
  3. Log in using your Playstation account details
  4. Select “Account Information”
  5. Then select “Playstation Subscriptions”
  6. Select “Hulu”
  7. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  8. Confirm your cancellation
  9. Check for a confirmation email from Hulu.

If you subscribed to Hulu via the Xbox app, follow these steps:

  1. Select “Settings” from the dashboard
  2. Select “Account”
  3. Log in using your Xbox account details
  4. Select “Manage Subscriptions”
  5. Then select “Hulu”
  6. Select “Cancel Subscription”
  7. Confirm your cancellation
  8. Check for a confirmation email from Hulu.

Other devices including Roku

If you have subscribed to Hulu via any other device, including Roku, you can cancel your subscription by using the steps outlined under the “Cancel via a web browser” section at the top of this guide.

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How to cancel Apple TV+ via browsers, smart devices, and more

If you’ve decided to cancel Apple TV+, then you’re in the right place. This simple step-by-step guide will walk you through every possible platform and make sure you get quickly away from the service.

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Canceling Apple TV+ via a browser

Follow this method if you have been streaming Apple TV+ via a browser on a Windows PC.

  1. Go to tv.apple.com
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID
  3. Cursor over the account icon in the upper-right corner of the browser and select “Account Settings”
  4. Scroll down to the “Subscription” section and click “Manage”
  5. Select “Cancel Subscription”
  6. Confirm your cancellation.

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Canceling via iPhone, iPod, and iPad

Follow this method if you subscribed directly via an Apple mobile device:

  1. Open the “Settings” app
  2. Select your name from the top of the Settings app
  3. Swipe down and select “Subscriptions”
  4. Select the “Apple TV+” subscription option
  5. Select “Cancel Subscription”
  6. Confirm your cancellation.

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Canceling via macOS

Follow this method if you subscribed directly via your mac PC:

  1. Click the “App Store” app
  2. Click the sign-in button
  3. Once signed in, click your name on the sidebar
  4. Click “Information” at the top of the window
  5. Scroll down until “Subscriptions”
  6. Click “Manage”
  7. Select “Apple TV+”
  8. Select “Cancel Subscription”
  9. Confirm your cancellation.

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Canceling Apple TV+ via an Apple TV device

Follow this method if you subscribed directly via an Apple TV device:

  1. Open “Settings”
  2. Select “Users & Accounts”
  3. Pick your account
  4. Select “Subscriptions”
  5. Open your “Apple TV+” subscription
  6. Select “Cancel Membership”
  7. Confirm your cancellation.

If you are using a 3rd Generation Apple TV device or earlier version please unsubscribe via a browser, iTunes, or a smart device, like an iPad.

Canceling via other smart devices

Follow this method if you subscribed directly via a smart TV:

  1. Go to the devices “Settings”
  2. Look for the “Account” option
  3. Select your account, if multiple
  4. Look for an option including the word “Subscription” or “Memberships”
  5. Select “Apple TV+”
  6. Select “Cancel Subscription” or “Cancel Membership”
  7. Confirm your cancellation.
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How to cancel Netflix via browsers and smartphones

If you’re wondering what streaming services to unsubscribe from and are looking to cancel your Netflix membership, then you’re in the right place. This simple step-by-step guide will walk you through the process and get you quickly away from the service.

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Unsubscribing from Netflix via a browser

Follow this method if you didn’t subscribe directly via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store:

  1. Go to Netflix.com/CancelPlan
  2. Log in using your Netflix account details
  3. In the top-right menu, click “My Account”
  4. Select “Cancel Membership”
  5. Confirm the cancellation
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Unsubscribing from Netflix via Google Play

Follow this method if you subscribed directly via your Android phone:

  1. On your Android device go to the Google Play Store
  2. Select the “Menu” button (three dots)
  3. Then select “Subscriptions” from the menu
  4. Select “Netflix”
  5. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  6. Confirm your cancellation
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Unsubscribing from Netflix via Apple App Store

Follow this method if you subscribed directly via your iPhone:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your phone
  2. Select your name at the top of the “Settings” screen
  3. Then select “Subscriptions”
  4. Select “Netflix”
  5. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  6. Confirm your cancellation.

If you have a console or set-top box and are still unsure how to cancel Netflix, please follow the browser method to resolve. It is only via Apple and Android smart devices that a unique method of unsubscribing is required.

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How to cancel Disney+ via browsers and smartphones

If like me, you’re left scratching your head wondering what to watch next after The Mandalorian finished and are looking to cancel your Disney+ subscription, you’re in the right place. This simple step-by-step guide will walk you through how to unsubscribe quickly and easily from the service.

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Unsubscribe via a web browser

Follow this method if you didn’t subscribe directly via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store:

  1. Go to DisneyPlus.com
  2. Log into your Disney+ account in the browser
  3. Select your “Profile” icon
  4. Then select “Account”
  5. Select “Billing”
  6. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  7. Confirm your cancellation.
Disney+ cancellation screen
Credit: DisneyPlus

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Unsubscribe via iPhone

If you subscribed via your iPhone device, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your phone
  2. Select your name at the top of the “Settings” screen
  3. Then select “Subscriptions”
  4. Select “Disney Plus”
  5. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  6. Confirm your cancellation.

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Unsubscribe via Android

If you subscribed via your Android device, follow these instructions:

  1. On your Android device go to the Google Play Store
  2. Select the “Menu” button (three dots)
  3. Then select “Subscriptions” from the menu
  4. Select “Disney Plus”
  5. Then select “Cancel Subscription”
  6. Confirm your cancellation

If you have a console or set-top box and are still unsure how to cancel Disney+, please follow the browser method to resolve. It is only via Apple and Android smart devices that a unique method of unsubscribing is required.

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How to sign-up for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ launched November 1st and so far the service hasn’t disappointed. Shows like See and The Morning Show have exceeded expectations. Read on to find out how to sign-up for Apple TV+.

How much does it cost?

Apple TV+ costs $4.99 each month. Yet there is a great way to try before you buy!

If you have Apple TV or an Apple device and can access the Apple TV app you can get two episodes of most shows free.

To find out more about this and the Apple TV+ free trial click here.

Alternatively, if you want to see our first impressions of Apple’s original See click here.

How to sign-up for Apple TV+

The first step is to head to Apple.com on a computer. Or open up the Apple App on a phone, tablet or another compatible device. Compatible devices are listed below.

Be warned, the app is not available on non-Apple phones or tablets.

The second step is to “start your free trial” — you can see the button for this above.

The third step is to either log in with an existing Apple account or make one for free. It takes only a minute to make a new account.

How to join Apple TV+

Once your email address is confirmed, Apple will ask for payment information. If you are doing this via the Apple App and already have a payment method set up on your account, you’ll go straight to confirmation.

How to join Apple TV+

Once you confirm the payment method, your 7-day trial begins.

Once inside, you’ll be able to watch all available programs.

For our original impressions on the platform check out our best Apple TV+ shows this month.

The future of Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has limited content currently but has big plans for 2020. With movies like Samuel L. Jackson’s The Banker coming in January, there’s a lot to look forward to.

Plus, Apple has been snapping up exclusivity to some major books. Including Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series and Gregory David Roberts’s Shantaram.

Check out Apple TV+ official trailer below.