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Watch Party

Arcadyan, Sceenic partner for social and interactive TV experience

Arcadyan, dedicated to developing broadband access technology and the supplier of solutions that enhance the user’s experience, has announced their collaboration with software company Sceenic. Arcadyan’s new set-top-boxes are enabled with Sceenic Watch Together experience as a preintegrated offering to its latest generation of interactive STBs. This brings operators a step closer to their audiences with an out of the box solution […]

September 9, 2021

iPlayer trials ‘Watch With Friends’ feature

Music fans are now able to get together remotely to watch performances from Glastonbury via a new trial feature on BBC iPlayer. Viewers using the web version of the iPlayer will find a button saying ‘Watch with friends’ under any programme from The Glastonbury Experience 2021 in iPlayer’s Glastonbury collection. Viewers can click the button […]

June 24, 2021

PCCW Media, Sceenic team for Euros Watch Party

Hong Kong multimedia and entertainment company PCCW Media has collaborated with interactive viewing experiences solution provider Sceenic to bring the Watch Party feature to customers its Now TV pay-TV service, allowing them to watch live matches of UEFA Euro 2020. “We are thrilled to bring this new feature to our customers as they can now […]

June 1, 2021

Study: Watch Parties gain foothold during pandemic

A study by The Diffusion Group finds one-in-seven adult SVoD users co-watched a TV show or movie with friends or family via an online watch party during the pandemic. “The pandemic not only drove home media consumption, but accelerated the use of connected TVs and video-based chat,” advises Lauren Kozak, Senior Analyst and report author. […]

March 31, 2021

Sling TV beta launches Watch Party feature

Sling TV, the US pay-TV streaming service, has beta launched its new Watch Party feature which enables customers to connect with friends and family in remote locations via video and chat while streaming their favourite programming together. “We know that for so many, it’s not just about what you are watching, it’s who you are […]

September 24, 2020

Prime Video tests Watch Party feature in US

Amazon Prime Video is beginning to roll out a co-viewing feature to Amazon Prime members in the US. The ‘Watch Party’ feature, which is included at no extra cost with a Prime membership, allows participants to watch video content together at the same time with the playback synchronised to the host’s account. The host of […]

July 1, 2020