Apple introduces SharePlay, with access to Disney+, Hulu, and other streamers
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At WWDC, Craig Federighi announced SharePlay, a new feature that will allow sharing streaming content on FaceTime calls across Apple's entire ecosystem.
"We love enjoying shared experiences, and so we built SharePlay," Federighi said during the iOS portion of the WWDC keynote. "SharePlay is a powerful new set of features for shared experiences that you can enjoy when you're on a FaceTime call."
Apple's new feature includes music, movies, and TV shows, "while having a rich, real-time connection with your friends," he added. Users can also share their screens and bring apps into their calls. And this includes several major streaming services, although Netflix is not currently among those included. In addition to Apple Music and the Apple TV app, supported content includes:
- HBO Max
- Pluto TV
- Master Class
- The NBA App
"We're incredibly excited to participate as a developer on SharePlay to enable innovative viewing experiences across Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for our Apple users," said Jerrell Jimerson, EVP of Product & Design, Disney Streaming. "This will give friends and family another way to come together to share the incredible stories that we deliver through our content, including bringing a live sports co-viewing experience to ESPN+ for the first time."
The API will be made available to developers to make other apps available in SharePlay.
Users can also press "Play" in Apple Music and share music over a FaceTime call. The functionality is expected to arrive this fall alongside iOS 15.
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