Scener Partners with HBO to Enable Remote Co-Watching on HBO NOW & HBO GO

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Integration Brings Scener’s New “Virtual Movie Theater” Technology to HBO NOW & HBO GO; Viewers Can Remotely Watch, Connect, and Video Chat in Real-Time

Scener’s New “Virtual Movie Theater” Technology Enables HBO NOW & HBO GO Viewers to Remotely Watch, Connect, and Video Chat in Real-Time

We’re excited to bring Scener’s Virtual Movie Theater to HBO NOW and HBO GO viewers, giving them an interactive way to stay connected while enjoying the world’s best video entertainment.

Scener, the virtual movie theater where you can interact with friends remotely over video chat while watching your favorite programs, announced today support for HBO that enables co-watching features for HBO NOW and HBO GO viewers via Scener’s Virtual Movie Theater application on Google Chrome.

Joe Braidwood, co-founder of Scener, said: “We’re excited to bring Scener’s Virtual Movie Theater to HBO NOW and HBO GO viewers, giving them an interactive way to stay connected while enjoying the world’s best video entertainment. COVID-19 has highlighted the need to connect virtually with loved ones, and Scener’s partnership with HBO provides a fantastic way to interact. By combining the worlds of live video chat and streaming entertainment, Scener makes it easy for viewers to enjoy one of our most beloved pastimes — watching TV together — from a safe distance.”

HBO NOW and HBO GO subscribers can create their own private theaters on Windows, Mac, or Chromebook devices in seconds by downloading Scener’s free extension from the Chrome Web Store. Viewers can host watch parties with friends, enabling up to 20 people to enjoy synchronized entertainment over video chat. In the coming days, Scener will also begin rolling out support for bigger co-watching parties, which will allow viewers to watch synchronously with a live host, or a live group, over video chat.

Scener’s Virtual Movie Theater — Key Features:

Synchronized playback: automatically watch the same programs, at the same time, across HBO NOW or HBO GO using Scener’s synchronization technology

Video, audio, and text chat: bring your friends and family together on a virtual couch to enjoy your favorite shows and movies together

Good for 1-1 or groups: host private watch parties with up to 20 friends, or catch up 1-on-1

Live watch parties: coming soon, Scener users will be able to host or join bigger watch events, enjoying movie nights in sync with large groups

Scener’s Google Chrome Extension supports HBO NOW and HBO GO for Macs, Windows PC, and Chromebook. A webcam is required for video chat, and headphones are recommended. To learn more about Scener and to start co-watching with friends and family now, visit http://www.scener.com or download Scener in the Chrome Web Store.

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About Scener
Scener is the virtual movie theater where you can interact with friends remotely over video chat while watching your favorite programs, providing an interactive way to stay connected while enjoying the world’s best video entertainment. The platform enables groups of viewers to synchronize playback of web-based HBO NOW, HBO GO, and Netflix programs alongside video, audio, and text chat in a virtual movie theater. Based in Seattle, WA, Scener launched in 2018 and was incubated by media streaming pioneer RealNetworks Inc. To start your own virtual theater in seconds on a desktop or laptop, visit http://www.scener.com.

Press Inquiries:
Lindsey Henn
Scener Public Relations
lindsey@scener.com
(626) 893-4228

Partnership Inquiries:
Joe Braidwood
Scener Co-founder & COO
joe@scener.com

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