The fact of getting older is that keeping in touch with your friends becomes more difficult. People get married, have children, and maybe move out. You find yourself far away from the people who make you feel the most whole.
Sometimes you might want friends to live next door again. When a new movie comes out, a part of you knows it would’ve been nicer with each other. Luckily, there’s a way to get everyone together for a movie night with Rave.
Rave is an app that syncs streaming services like Netflix and Disney +. Here is how to use it.
What is Rave?
Rave is a video stream sync app that allows users to chat by voice and text while watching.
With Rave, you can start or join watch groups with content streamed from Netflix, Disney +, Prime Video, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, and more. While you still need to have your account on paid streaming platforms, the ones that don’t require a subscription are free to watch in the app.
Plus, Rave is a great way to share your membership with friends who don’t have an account themselves. In fact, they may like it so much that they will end up subscribing. The interactive element also helps reduce sync issues that often arise when you try to do this manually.
One of the peculiarities of Rave is its social networking aspect. Unlike its competition, Rave lets you watch not only friends but also strangers on public channels. With this, if your friends don’t like the same content as you, you can find new friends who do.
Rave also has a Rave DJ feature, which allows you to generate original mashups and mixes using songs from YouTube and Spotify. After rendering, you can invite your friends to listen to them together.
Rave is free to download and is available on Mac, iPhone, Android, and Windows. However, if you are not a huge fan of the ads, only Android users have the option to pay to remove them for $ 1.99.
How to use Rave for synchronized viewing
Once you’ve downloaded the Rave app, open it on your device and sign in using your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account. Then you can configure the content you want to watch. You can either join an existing rave hosted by someone else or create your own.
If you want to join a public rave, just select the ones that are available. The main channel is filled with live streams that you can watch for free. Before joining, you can see the platform, the title of the content, and how many people are streaming it. When you join a rave, only the person who started it can control it and adjust the settings.
To start your own rave, select the more icon in the lower right corner of your screen. Choose from the list of streaming platforms. If the content is only available on a streaming platform with a subscription, you will need to connect to it first.
Then you can invite your friends to use the app and add them by pressing the button Menu icon> Friends. Your friends must download the Rave app on their individual devices before they can watch. Press the link icon to send an SMS invitation or add friends who are already on Rave to join.
You can restrict the room’s privacy settings to your group’s preferences. Rave allows users to decide whether they want the room to be accessible to the public, nearby Rave users, friends, or by invitation only.
Once the room is ready, you can also use the chat box or the microphone function to start talking and chatting while watching. The Rave leader can also decide to limit vocal abilities to everyone, himself or no one at all. Once your friends have joined the room, tap to play and enjoy the experience.
Is Rave safe?
One of the key issues that users point out with Rave is that it doesn’t allow you to create your own Rave account within the platform. Rave requires all users to link existing accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Google using single sign-on.
If you’re a privacy enthusiast who likes to decentralize your data, it’s understandable that you’re against it. Tying all of your online experiences to one account puts you at higher risk in the event of a security breach.
Additionally, although the app is available on all platforms, Rave has yet to be approved in the Apple App Store for Mac. To use Rave on Mac, you will need to download it directly from their website. There’s no way to say for sure why it’s not available, but it could indicate that it has yet to meet Apple’s required standards for security.
Many users also don’t feel comfortable sharing subscription login details with Rave. There is already a large black market for Netflix account login information which makes Rave a prime target for hacking.
While reviews for Rave are generally positive, several users have reported critical security vulnerabilities on Rave. For example, users note how supposedly private rooms are hijacked by strangers who play videos and change room privacy settings without their consent.
Watch in sync with friends on the go
Despite some negative reviews from Rave, it’s an innovative app that offers something new for the streaming experience. Currently, there are no direct competitors who offer the same experience, mostly for free.
However, it’s important to note that this is not the most secure app, so weigh the pros and cons before using it. If you are not very careful about your security, many users attest that Rave generally does what it promises which is a stream and chat sync app.
Alternatively, if you are uncomfortable with the security issues surrounding Rave, Netflix Party lets you experience something similar without needing to download a new app or ditch your subscription login details.
If you’ve been invited to a Netflix Watch Party, here’s how to join.
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