Your favorite HBO shows and films are socially distanced.
On Thursday, Scener – the “virtual cinema” where distant friends can interact via video while streaming the same content – announced its official partnership with HBO. Scener has been working to integrate its Google Chrome application with HBO Now and HBO Go (not yet a word about HBO Max, expected May 27) to provide an entertaining and secure engagement experience amid the global pandemic.
“We are excited to introduce Scener’s virtual cinema to HBO Now and HBO Go viewers to give them an interactive way to stay connected while enjoying the best video entertainment in the world,” said Joe Braidwood, co-founder by Scener, in a statement.
“COVID-19 has highlighted the need to connect virtually with loved ones, and Scener’s partnership with HBO offers a fantastic opportunity for interaction. By combining the worlds of live video chat and streaming entertainment, Scener makes it easy for viewers to enjoy one of our most popular pastimes – watch TV together – from a safe distance. ”
Unlike Netflix Party, another Google Chrome extension that allows remote viewing, Scener has an official partnership with HBO. This is a big step for online socialization.
By downloading the Scener Chrome extension (compatible with Windows, Mac and Chromebook devices), HBO viewers can enjoy synchronized playback with up to 20 other users and connect via text, audio and video.
It is an experience that should work better in mutual collaboration between companies. Users have reported Netflix Party technical issues with some frequency. Scener promises to support even larger live events soon, but has provided limited details about what these events might look like.
HBO’s Scener partnership comes just over a month after the announcement of the streaming service’s # StayHomeBoxOffice offering, which provided numerous popular titles to free subscribers during quarantine.
According to Tech Crunch’s report, this could mark the beginning of an even stronger integration of Scener. Although no deals with Disney have been announced, the extension download is reportedly asking for permission to read and modify data on Hulu.com and DisneyPlus.com. Representatives from Scener did not immediately respond to Mashable’s request for comment.