HBO Max Watch Party: What It Is and How to Use It

Virtually watch HBO Max movies and TV with friends.

HBO Max doesn't built-in feature like Amazon Prime's Watch Party, which lets you host virtual viewings with friends and family. Instead, you’ll have to connect to a third-party extension to use this functionality with HBO Max.

This article will teach you about these extensions and how to use them to host your own HBO Max watch party.

What Is HBO Max Watch Party?

In HBO Max's case, you need a browser extension to watch the same HBO Max movie or TV Show online with friends and family. The video syncs up so everyone can watch simultaneously, and you can also react in real-time to the on-screen action by typing into a chat field or speaking into your computer’s mic and webcam (if this option is available).

Here are the two best extensions to use (both are free to use):

  • Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party): This extension allows you to sync movie and TV show playback with up to 50 people remotely on HBO Max, as well as Netflix, Disney Plus, and Hulu. Teleparty is free to use, and all you need is a computer and access to HBO Max. Right now, the extension is only available on desktop versions of Google Chrome, Opera, and Microsoft Edge, which means you can’t use it on mobile devices or tablets. 
  • Scener: It's a more feature-rich watch party app that lets you use voice chat and attend public viewings with millions of other attendees. In addition to HBO Max, Scener works with Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Funimation, Vimeo, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Shudder. The extension is available on Google Chrome only and requires you to create an account.

Both groups (host and watchers) need to use the same extension and also have a current HBO Max subscription.

How to Host an HBO Watch Party

Once you’ve installed a Watch Party extension on your browser, it’s a simple process to set up a virtual screening. Your friends will need to install the same extension on their own computer.

  1. Go to the HBO Max website in your browser.

  2. Sign into your account.

    Signing into HBO Max account.
  3. Select the movie or TV show you want to watch and start playing it.

  4. Click the Teleparty extension in your toolbar.

    Clicking Teleparty icon for HBO Max playback.

    If you don’t see the watch party icon in your toolbar, you may need to pin it there first. Open Extensions and make sure that the Pin icon next to Teleparty or Scener is highlighted in blue.

  5. Click Start the Party.

    Clicking Start the party in Teleparty extension.
  6. A window will open containing a URL. Copy the link and send it to your friends so they can join the party.

    Sending Teleparty link to friends.
  7. Once everyone has joined, press Play to start watching your chosen HBO movie or TV show together. When you're done, press the Disconnect button.

    Disconnecting from Teleparty watch session.

What Can I Watch During an HBO Max Watch Party?

Watch Party extensions can be used across HBO Max’s entire library, which means you can watch any movie or TV show available on the service virtually with friends. 

HBO Max has a vast content selection that includes HBO’s entire slate of original series, movies, documentaries, and comedy specials. It also includes Max originals like Zack Snyder’s Justice League and same-day premieres like Wonder Woman 1984 and Judas and the Black Messiah.

Casey Bloys, President of Programming of HBO, speaks onstage at HBO Max WarnerMedia Investor Day Presentation at Warner Bros. Studios on October 29, 2019 in Burbank, California.

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In addition to newer series like Succession and Euphoria, you’ll also get access to movies and TV shows from other Warner Media properties like Cartoon Network, The CW, DC Entertainment, and Studio Ghibli.

Despite HBO’s reputation as a mature-focused network, HBO Max offers movies and TV shows for all audiences—from preschoolers to teens to grownups—so you can find something appropriate for all your friends and family members to watch together.

What Do I Need to Host an HBO Max Watch Party?

To host or join an HBO Max Watch Party, you first need to sign up for a subscription to HBO Max. After that, all you need is a laptop or desktop computer and a Watch Party extension like Teleparty or Scener.

No matter which extension you use, you’ll be restricted to watching HBO Max on your laptop or desktop computer, so no mobile, not even the iPad. Teleparty supports a maximum of 50 guests and text chat-only, while Scener allows ten guests and text, audio, and video chat.

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