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What are the Best Alternatives to Rabb.it?
There's something about watching movies and TV shows with your friends that make for a more enjoyable viewing experience. Maybe it's all because of emotions and the fact that humans tend to look for someone to share them with. There's nothing like crying your eyes out with your best friend during an emotional scene, sharing laughs with buddies when that silly character throws lame puns, or even cursing the villain when he's plotting his devious plans. Rabb.it took all these to the virtual world, allowing users to create group chats and stream videos at the same time.
Unfortunately, Rabb.it closed its doors in July 2019. It was a fantastic ride for the company though, amassing 400,000 users just one year after its 2013 launch. Money problems led to their demise, but there's no reason to fret. Plenty of alternatives to Rabb.it have emerged, so you can still enjoy the same or even better features.
On this list, we'll take a closer look at the sites like Rabb.it you should put on top of your list.
6. Netflix Party
Rave is easily one of the best looking video streaming apps right now in my opinion. What I like most about Rave is that it sprinkles social media elements in its web-based service. Aside from being a hub for your streaming needs, the site also allows you to connect with friends and engage in conversations. Sharing videos and music only takes one click. You can even use your smartphone to share videos. If you're new to streaming videos with friends, then Rave is a strong contender for your first app since it's readily available on both iOS and Andoid.
There are too many good things to say about Caracal. The interface is super intuitive, so even a complete beginner can set up a room and start streaming. You have the ability to create either a private or public room. It also lets you share the remote control with the other people in the room, enabling them to share their videos. Best of all, you don't have to use your desktop computer or laptop to use this fantastic site. You can access Caracal through your mobile device, which means you can watch videos with your friends on the go.
SimulChat has all the features of a messaging platform combined with a powerful video streaming facility. You can send messages, make video calls, and share files on their platform. But of course, it's primary feature is the ability to stream videos with your friends. If you and your buddies love watching YouTube, in particular, then SimulChat should be your go-to site.
This may be your first time to hear about Watch2Gether, but it has been around since 2011. It's a popular Rabb.it alternative in its home county of Germany, but the platform is starting to take a bigger share of the video sharing market. What sets it apart is that you can shop online from popular online stores such as Amazon while watching your favorite videos. It also works on all operating systems, which means virtually anyone can access the website and stream with their friends.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it? AndChill makes it fast and simple to chat with friends, share links, and watch tons of videos online. It's easy to get addicted to this platform, especially because of its fast and simple user interface. There's no learning curve involved, even if you're a total newbie to sites similar to Rabb.it. A single click is all it takes to share your videos and music. You'll also find tons of public groups where you can chat with other people who share the same interests.
6. Netflix Party
Couldn't get enough of Netflix? I don't blame you; Netflix is also my guilty pleasure. And when I discovered Netflix Party, I knew it would be a game-changer. This Google Chrome extension allows you to start watching Netflix with your friends with minimal fuss. Just make sure that everyone in your group installs the extension. Log in to your account, choose the movie or TV show you want to watch, and create your Netflix Party by clicking on the extension. It's even possible to chat with your those in your party in real-time. For people who don't stream much outside of Netflix, this proves to be the perfect option.
Kosmi takes things to a whole new level by offering a myriad of ways to hang out with your friends. It's similar to Rabb.it since it allows you to share your screen and watch videos together. But aside from streaming videos, Kosmi enables you to play Quake 3, set up a Texas Hold'em Poker table, and create a virtual card table. The company's vision is to reinvent digital hangouts, and it appears that it's on the right track.
At first glance, TogetherTube doesn't look any different from the rest of the sites like Rabb.it on this list. It has all the essential features that allow you to set up private and public chatrooms, watch videos, and listen to music. But one unique feature is the ability for users to vote on the videos. The one that receives the highest number of votes will be played next. This dynamic keeps things interesting as you don't have full control over what to watch.
"Forget distance, feel close." The slogan of LetsGaze perfectly describes the kind of platform they aim to be. It's a great site to get acquainted with group video streaming with the ability to chat in real-time and make video calls. LetsGaze also provides video suggestions, which proves helpful for those times when you just couldn't seem to select a video to watch. Virtually all video and audio formats are supported as well.
If you're a diehard Rabb.it fan, then you may want to give Kast a try. In case you didn't know, Kast acquired Rabb.it's intellectual property rights, software stack, and patents when it ceased operations. It started out as a desktop client, but the company has since released versions for iOS and Android. Aside from the usual features, including video sharing, messaging, and file sharing, Kast allows you to set up a watch party for more than 100 people. It's also gaining popularity as a live streaming option for gamers as you can play games and share your screen with your friends.
Time to Take Your Watch Parties Online
It's fascinating how easy it is to set up watch parties with the help of video streaming platforms. Now, you have the option of sharing your favorite videos with your friends instead of watching all by yourself. If you know similar apps or sites, you can share them in the comments.
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 15, 2020:
I'm really in unknown territory here so I appreciate your help in learning the lay of the land. I'll take a look at these and pick one.