One of the most popular categories on Twitch is the Just Chatting category which is now mostly made up of “React” content. You will see streamers on Twitch reacting to Youtube videos, Reddit threads and sometimes even movies.
If you came to this post you are probably wondering if you can stream movies on Twitch or not? Will you receive a DMCA or copyright strike? In this article, we are going to break down when you can watch movies on Twitch and when you definitely shouldn’t.
Can You Stream Movies On Twitch?
Yes, you can stream movies on Twitch but only movies from Amazon Prime using the Twitch Watch party feature. You are not allowed to directly stream movies from other platforms such as Netflix or Hulu. If you do, you may receive a copyright claim on Twitch and have your account suspended as well as potentially run into legal trouble.
Let’s take a look at how you can watch movies from Amazon Prime with your audience then I will share another method to watch movies from Netflix with your audience without getting banned.
Can You Watch Amazon Prime Movies On Twitch?
Yes, Twitch is owned by Amazon and has recently released a Watch Party feature which allows you to watch movies from Amazon Prime. Using this feature you can watch a movie and react to it with your fans.
To watch Amazon Prime movies on Twitch you will need to have an Amazon Prime account and it will need to be linked to your Twitch account. When you have an Amazon Prime account it gives you free access to Amazon Prime Video.
Anyone in your audience that wants to watch the movie with you will also need to have an Amazon Prime or Amazon Prime video account. If they do not have one of these accounts, they will not be able to join your stream while you are hosting a watch party.
It is a good idea to let your stream know you will be hosting a Watch Party beforehand so they can sign up for an Amazon Prime account and get ready to watch the movie with you.
Let’s take a look at how to set up a watch party on Twitch.
How To Set Up A Watch Party On Twitch
Setting up a Watch Party is an easy process. Just follow the steps below to start a Watch party on your channel:
- Navigate to Twitch.tv and log into your Twitch account
- Click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner and click on Creator Dashboard
- In your Creator Dashboard navigate to the quick actions tab on the right-hand side and click on the + button.
- From the quick action menu scroll down to “Grow Your Community” and click “+ add” on the Start Watch Party button.
- Go back to the Quick Actions tab and click on the “Start Watch Party” button. A menu will appear asking you to log in to your Amazon Account. Login with your account that is signed up to Prime.
- Once logged in you can choose which movie you want to watch. You can search for a film in the top search bar. Once you find the film you want to watch, click on Select Title.
- You can now stream the movie to your audience. You will need to be live on your channel before you can start the Watch Party.
When you live stream a watch party the movie will appear on the main screen on your stream. What you stream from your streaming software will appear in a smaller stream above your chat. Twitch recommends using a scene which contains your full-screen webcam.
DO NOT stream the movie or audio through your streaming software or you may be subject to DMCA or Copyright strike and risk getting your channel banned.
Can You Watch Netflix On Twitch?
No, you cannot watch Netflix directly on your Twitch channel. This is illegal and may get your Twitch account banned as well as potentially other legal action being taken against you. There is however an Application called Tenami which allows you to host a watch party with your audience.
Your audience will be able to watch the movie on their own Netflix account at the same time as you. You can then commentate on the movie on your stream while your viewers watch the same movie at the same point on their Netflix account.
Let’s take a look at how to set up the Tenami Application.
How To Use Tenami To Watch Netflix With Your Audience
Tenami is a third party chrome extension that allows you to watch movies alongside your audience without violating DMCA or Copyright. Follow the steps below to use the Tenami application on your stream:
- Install the Tenami Chrome Extension through this link
- Open the Tenami Extension in chrome and click on “Start Watch Party”
- Select your streaming platform and log into the platform
- Once you are logged in select the platform you want to watch a movie from.
- Tenami will open two windows. One with your streaming software (Netflix) and one with your Twitch chat so you can see what your audience is chatting about.
- At the top of the streaming panel, you will see a link. Share this link with your audience so they can join in on the watch party with you. Once your audience clicks on the link they will be sent to the same part of the movie or TV show you are watching. This means they can watch along with you.
Ensure you are not capturing it with your live streaming software. Ensure the video and audio from Netflix etc are not going through your stream.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Watch Disney Plus On Twitch?
No, you cannot watch Disney Plus directly on your Twitch stream. If you do you may receive a copyright strike and potentially face legal action. You can however use the Tenami chrome extension to host a watch party with your fans. They will need to have a subscription to Disney Plus to watch along.
Can You Watch Hulu On Twitch?
No, you cannot watch Hulu directly on your Twitch stream. If you do you may receive a copyright strike and potentially face legal action. If you want to watch Hulu with your viewers you can use the Tenami chrome extension on your stream.
Can You Watch Youtube On Twitch?
Yes, you can react to Youtube on your Twitch stream. If you want more information on this we put together a complete article on the rules around watching Youtube on Twitch.
Hopefully, this article has given you all the information you need to know about streaming movies on Twitch. Ultimately you shouldn’t stream movies directly on Twitch unless it is through the Watch Party feature. If you want to watch a move with your audience, you should use the Chrome extension Tenami.
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