The latest streaming watch-party rage is called Scener. It’s a new watch Netflix party platform for “streaming shows socially” and is described as your “one-stop destination for streaming anything with anyone”.
A Netflix jol: What is Scener?
Scener is a service that combines video streaming to a chat function in a “virtual theatre” to watch shows across a variety of platforms. Even though it supports Disney+, do note that Disney+ is not available in South Africa yet.
Scener has a slick interface which is easy to use, and the video quality is superb. It was quick to connect to Netflix and the process was set up in less than two minutes.
The only downside, however, that is you would need to sign up or a separate Scener account. But as I said, the entire process from signing up to creating a virtual theatre and logging into to Netflix took seconds.
It has an adjustable chat window that will allow you to easily switch between other streaming services. Create private theatres with up to ten people, or public sessions with unlimited audience sizes.
According to the extension page, a public watch party can be arranged for one million viewers. Overkill, but good to know. And each viewer would need to sign up separately.
How does Scener work?
Simply install the browser extension. At the time of publishing, it was only available on Google Chrome. You will need a laptop or PC and internet access; webcam, microphone and headphone recommended.
Activate Scener by selecting it from the extension logo in the top right corner of your browser. A separate window will pop and you’ll be prompted to “Create A Theatre”.
Next, choose between a private or public screening and select your subscription service of choice. We selected Netflix during the test run. It opened up right away, no hassle and no fuss.
Once you’re in, you’ll see an option to enable video chat and an invite link to send to your friends. There’s also a nifty “pass the remote” which allows you to toggle who gets to pick what to watch next.
And that’s it! You’re done! Now you just need to get the popcorn and snacks, a blanket for these cold winter nights (or a blanket fort, we never judge) and sit back to enjoy your favourites movies with a million of your closest friends.
Scener and Comic-Con
Still have doubts? Well, the organisers of the San Diego Comic-Con will be using Scener to host virtual screenings for its Comic-Con@Home features.
Comic-Con@Home’s Virtual Screenings, supported by Scener, will feature two tracks — films and anime — with live community chat. Exact screening details and times can be found at scener.com/comic-con with additional details added closer to the event dates.
This is an exciting moment for fans of films and anime, giving Comic-Con’s incredible community an opportunity to come together virtually while enjoying their favourite entertainment content. We are thrilled to have Con-Goers be one of the first to experience our new Watch Party Platform, a virtual space where friends and fans can meet, interact and host watch parties, no matter where they are in the world”.
Joe Braidwood, Scener co-founder
The lineup will include:
- Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
- Knives Out,
- The Angry Red Planet
- Battle Beyond the Stars
- George Lucas in Love
- Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
- Troops,” “Day of the Triffids
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- The Gamers: Dorkness Rising
- Max Fleischer’s: The Complete Animated Superman
- Man of Steel
- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm