Viki adds chat capabilities to platform with Rave app partnership

Global TV site Viki announced it has teamed up with social viewing app Rave to enable its millions of fans to watch TV and movies with friends. Via the Rave app, users will be able to text and talk while watching Viki videos.

“Creating an enriched experience for fans has always been a focus for Viki,” said Tammy H. Nam, CEO of Viki. “Rave’s seamless ability to allow fans to communicate in real time is an excellent fit for our community who love to share Viki content.”

Rave is an iOS and Android app enabling users to watch videos together from YouTube, Vimeo, Reddit, Dropbox, Google Drive, and now Viki. Rave’s millisecond-precise playback synchronization enables users to sync their phones into impromptu speaker systems.  Now, Rave and Viki have combined technology and entertainment to offer a dynamic social experience. "We're very excited to see people from around the world enjoy Viki's global video catalogue together," says Rave cofounder Michael Pazaratz.

Rave, based in Waterloo, Ontario, allows users to watch in private sessions, or to connect to people from all around the world.  "We believe who you're watching with is just as important as what you're watching," says Pazaratz.

Viki provides content in over 200 languages, breaking language barriers for its global community of users. Viki’s next step is overcoming distance challenges by partnering with Rave, enabling users to watch together socially.

Rave is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.