SXSW Startup: Sceenic Makes Watching With Friends A Lot Of Fun.
Imagine for a second you’ve graduated from college at Duke University and you and all of your college buddies have gone their separate ways. You miss the days of sitting inside Cameron Indoor Stadium and watching the Blue Devils whip up on every team that came to battle. You and your friends, sitting on the bleachers, faces painted blue, all decked out in Duke gear. And then, after graduation it was over.
These days (well except for this season), as the Blue Devils approach March Madness you send text messages back and forth with your friends during the game. Maybe you do a GroupMe or tweet about it. Maybe once in a while you travel to watch a game with your buddies. It’s not the same.
A startup out of London, called Sceenic, is making it so you and your friends can watch TV together, even when you’re not together.
Sceenic takes the second screen to a new level by allowing you and your friends to watch the same show and each other. Cheer on your favorite team or talk crap to one another and they’ll see it on their tv. Yell, scream and boo, all together thanks to Sceenic technology.
Using your smartphone and the Sceenic platform you’re captured on camera and then beamed to all of your friends tvs. You’ll see all of your friends off to the side of whatever it is that you’re watching. Do you want to watch a movie with your family back home while you’re on a business trip? No problem. Do you want to heckle the Grammy award winners with your friends in Montana, no problem. Do you want to cheer on Team USA in the Winter Olympics with friends in Florida, Alaska, New Hampshire and Wyoming, done, done and done again.
The team behind Sceenic has brought together over 30 years of experience in media and technology to help friends create virtual living rooms to enjoy watching together.
Next year you and your friends could have a worldwide virtual Super Bowl viewing party.
See what the magic is about at SXSW Interactive where Sceenic is a Top 50 finalist in the 2018 SXSW Accelerator. You can watch them pitch and then visit with them during the SXSW Accelerator demo day on March the 12th in Austin. Find out more online as well, at sceenic.co