Coffee Talk #676: Streaming Services and Social Layers

Streaming Services and Social Layers - Scener Chrome

I’ve been wishing for the confluence of streaming services and social layers for a long time. With new services like Scener and Netflix Party, it’s finally happening. Although it’s not quite what I was looking for, these services are a welcome addition to the streaming video experience.

Netflix Party, Scener, and You

Netflix Party and Scener are extensions that work on top of streaming video services. Both add video and text chat windows to video. Netflix Party works with Netflix (duh), while Scener works with a number of streaming video services. Scener also has the added distinction of being officially supported by HBO Go and HBO Now.

These services aim to offer an experience that’s akin to watching a movie or television show with friends, sans physical presence. This is especially welcomed during a global pandemic, when social distancing and stay-at-home practices are strongly encouraged. Video calls through Facetime, Zoom, etc. are great, but watching movies and TV with your nearest and dearest takes it to another level.

If you’ve ever dreamed of starring in your own version of Mystery Science Theater 3000 or you simply miss watching TV with your friends, Netflix Party and Scener are worth checking out.

Features I Still Want

While these extensions are a fantastic step, streaming services and social layers can still be better. I still dream of console-like features from these companies. I want to be able to see what my friends have been watching, partially so I can get ideas for new shows to watch and partially so I can mercilessly ridicule them for watching sh*t like Jersey Girl.

Don’t get me wrong, Netflix Party and Scener are doing some cool and impressive things, but streaming services mimicking the social layers of videogame consoles would be brilliant.

Your Streaming Services and Social Layers Wish List

How about you? What do you think of Scener and Netflix Party? What features do you want when it comes to streaming services and social layers? Share your thoughts in the comments section and let me know (please!).