Screen Share Comparison

Use this page to compare twoseven’s screenshare offering with other, browser-based screenshare alternatives.

TwoSeven provides two HD resolutions, 720p and 1080p, as well as two different video encodings, H.264 and VP8. In our tests, VP8 has been the superior encoding and thus we recommend that you use that when possible. The only scenario where you may want to fall back to H.264 is if you anticipate users with old mobile devices to be participating in your session.

Every option had the same video which was allowed to play from start to end. The result was screen-recorded using FFmpeg and cropped to be 1520 frames in total. Some of these comparisons go out-of-sync due to the platform not being able to stream video consistently at 30 frames-per-second. You should be able to observe these visually as choppiness in the video.

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Guided Group Meditation Sessions on TwoSeven

In these stressful and uncertain times, taking care of the mind to reduce stress & anxiety and to stay emotionally balanced is essential.

Let’s take a 10 day journey together on TwoSeven to kick-start the process of improving our mental health!

Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before!
We’ll be using the Basics Headspace meditation pack - 10 guided sessions that will ease you into meditation (not sponsored).

Save the Google Calendar invites to the session that works best for you (you’re welcome to join more than one session a day!)

Before the event

Ensure that you’re ready with the setup before your session

  • Create an account (for free) with TwoSeven (a platform to watch movies together - more information below)
  • Get the TwoSeven extension: Chrome | Firefox (extensions can be used on desktops/laptops)

What is TwoSeven

TwoSeven is a platform to host online watch parties, with a focus on making your experience the next best thing to physically watching together!

On TwoSeven, you can watch together from:

  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime
  • Crunchyroll
  • HBO Max
  • Vimeo
  • Hulu
  • Disney+
  • Apple TV
  • DC Universe
  • Personal Videos
  • …and much, much more!

Love from TwoSeven users

everett_horner: TwoSeven is an excellent way to stay connected to the people you care about during physical distancing, and brings back a small amount of normal into our otherwise chaotic world.

angelicayyang: Watching movies together on TwoSeven. We prefer this over Netflix Party because TwoSeven has a live video option where we can see each other’s reactions during the movie. TwoSeven can also stream Netflix films :)

DJC: Thank you so much, your website helped me to maintain my relationship during COVID and now we are engaged.

Read more about the story of TwoSeven here.

Don’t forget to save the calendar invites for 10 days towards reduced stress!

Indian Independence Day Watch Party 2020

Join us for a watch party on TwoSeven to celebrate Indian Independence Day together!

Amazon Prime Subscribers:

Movie: Chak De India
Date: 15 August 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 5:30PM IST | 8:00AM EST

Netflix Subscribers:

Movie: Lagaan
Date: 15 August 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 5:30PM IST | 8:00AM EST

Read the instructions below carefully. See you on Saturday!

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Screen-share on TwoSeven - Why it's not what you think it is

When we set out to build TwoSeven in 2015, a service named ‘Rabbit’ was very much still around. Rabbit employed a browser on a Virtual Machine in the cloud which all participants connected to, to watch videos together. Why then, did we build yet another service, despite all our well-meaning friends telling us that we already had a big competitor in this space?

We built it for ourselves, primarily for one reason: video quality. In today’s 4K world, we didn’t want to compromise on video quality while sharing the experience of watching together. Especially when we knew that we didn’t have to.

TwoSeven has since grown beyond its original purpose of personal use to watch Game of Thrones together when we were in a long-distance relationship. We take pride in the fact that we’ve been able to provide you all with the same high-quality video co-watching experience that we once wanted.

Given this, you might be wondering (and rightly so) how screen-share on TwoSeven aligns with our objective of watching together in full quality. The short answer – it doesn’t. The slightly longer answer – our screen-share feature wasn’t built to enable watching videos together!

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[FIXED] Why Netflix stopped working on TwoSeven

Update (2020-03-26): If you’re on v2.1.5.2 or greater, you don’t have to follow these instructions. If you’re still having trouble accessing Netflix on TwoSeven, get in touch with us!

Recently, Netflix marked a couple of cookies with an additional flag: SameSite=Lax. This innocent-looking change completely broke the TwoSeven extension’s ability to embed Netflix.

You will need extension version v2.1.5 or greater to get Netflix to work. This version is already available on Firefox and Chrome. This post discusses cookies, how they work, recent changes to their behavior, and finally, what you need to do to get Netflix to work on TwoSeven.

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😱 Instant Reactions & Hulu Updates

This update caters to our patrons who support us and ensure that twoseven continues to be available as a free service for you and everyone else. We are truly grateful for their support and take this opportunity to thank them.

If you would like to support the work we do on twoseven, and also unlock some cool new features while you’re at it, do consider becoming a patron.

Here’s a sample:

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Hulu is now supported on TwoSeven

update: As of 2019-11-09 Hulu is available to all tiered patrons ($5 and above).

Access to Hulu is currently restricted to patrons as part of their early-access privilege. However, to ensure that patrons are able to watch Hulu with their friends, any room that has a patron at any point will have Hulu unlocked for the lifetime of that room.

In addition to Hulu, this update brings a few minor changes. Here’s the full list:

  • Added support for early-access features for Patrons
  • text-chat: Now supports typing notifications
  • room: Fixed invite-list shrinking when selecting many friends

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New Release! Codename: 'Oreo-Party'

UPDATE 2019-07-18: We’re having some issues with getting the extension published on Chrome. The features described below will be available once your extension updates to v2.3.1 or above.

We’ve been working on a lot of new features and improvements over the past couple of months, and the time has finally come to package them all up and roll it out as an update. There were things that made the cut, and a few that got left out for a future release. In this post, we’ll be discussing the ones that did make the cut.

Here’s a full list of changes. We’ve described the bigger changes below:

    • Preliminary support
    • Does not work with copy-protected (DRM) streams
  • Added support for Plex (experimental)
    • Does not support Direct Play at the moment
  • Now works with (experimental)
  • Framework to support more third-party websites (webpage-framing)
    • Added support for Shudder using webpage-framing
  • Improved sync logic for uploaded captions
  • Fixed login issues

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Full Control Over Webcam and Mic

We understand and appreciate the feedback you’ve been providing, and are striving to make TwoSeven more friendly and safe for you to use. When we first built TwoSeven, it was only used by me and my husband—and we would always have our webcam and mic enabled. The way we saw it, adding additional clicks to enable webcam or mic were a waste of time. In other words, a lot of our initial design decisions were made based on the way we used TwoSeven.

We take your privacy very seriously and have made the following changes:

  1. Webcam and mic will no longer automatically turn on when you join a page
  2. You can choose to turn on your mic without sharing your webcam video
  3. No big, black box when there’s no webcam video

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Changing Volume on Remote WebRTC Streams in Chrome

This post is about the difficulties we faced in performing a simple operation: changing the volume of a audio stream. Imagine having a group call with your Skype pals with binary volume control—zero or maximum. You could lower the volume on your speaker, but some of your friends may have low sensitivity on their microphones rendering them inaudible. This was the horror that we had to overcome. Getting volume-control to work took us down a rabbit hole of browser bugs that have spanned upwards of seven years. We did finally manage to get it working however, and this post documents our solution to this problem.

If you’ve had any significant experience in building web pages, you’re probably well-versed with browser differences. These differences are a direct consequence of the ways in which specs are implemented. On one hand, having a good choice of browsers in the market; each built on different codebases is desirable. On the other, we need to deal with these differences that pop up. One such difference that we struggled with for a long time was volume control, specifically on remote WebRTC MediaStreams in Chrome.

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