Streaming Netflix on Discord isn’t officially supported due to copyright restrictions. However, there are workarounds that involve screen sharing, and these workarounds can sometimes encounter black screen or audio issues. Here are some solutions to try:

Disable Hardware Acceleration:

  • Discord:
    1. Open Discord settings (click the gear icon next to your username).
    2. Go to “Advanced” settings.
    3. Toggle off “Use hardware acceleration” and click “Okay.”
  • Web Browser:
    • Chrome: Open Chrome settings (three dots in the top right corner).
    • Click on “Advanced” and then “System.”
    • Toggle off “Use hardware acceleration when available” and relaunch Chrome.

Adjust Screen Sharing Settings (Discord):

  • In the voice channel where you’re sharing, click the “Screen” button (looks like a monitor icon).
  • Try the two screen sharing options:
    • Share Entire Screen: This might resolve audio issues but can be inconvenient for multitasking.
    • Share Application Window (Chrome only): Select only the Netflix window if available. This can improve privacy and focus.

Update Software:

  • Ensure you’re using the latest versions of Discord, your web browser (Chrome recommended), and any graphics drivers. Updates often include bug fixes and compatibility improvements.

Close Unnecessary Applications:

  • Minimize or close any background applications that might be consuming resources and potentially interfering with the stream.

Reduce Video Quality:

  • In Netflix settings, try lowering the streaming quality (resolution) to reduce bandwidth usage. This can sometimes help with choppy video or audio.

Alternative Sharing Methods:

  • Consider using services designed for co-watching videos, like Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party) or Disney Plus GroupWatch. These allow synchronized playback and chat functionalities specifically for streaming platforms.

Additional Tips:

  • Restart your computer and router. Sometimes a simple restart can resolve temporary glitches.
  • Check your internet connection speed. Streaming requires a stable and sufficient internet connection.
  • Experiment with different screen sharing settings in Discord. One option might work better than another for your specific setup.

Remember: Sharing copyrighted content like Netflix may violate their terms of service. Use these workarounds at your own risk. By following these steps and considering the alternatives, you should be able to fix black screen and audio issues when attempting to share your Netflix screen on Discord.

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