ESPN is updated with support for Apple’s SharePlay feature

The ESPN app has been updated with support for Apple’s SharePlay feature, which lets you watch videos on FaceTime with family and friends. The feature is particularly well-suited to live sports, which the ESPN app (by offering integrated access to Disney’s ESPN Plus streaming service) offers quite a sizable amount.

Once updated, users will be able to watch ESPN Plus streams, as well as original ESPN video content in the app and “TV Everywhere” content in the app that users have authenticated with an additional login. As is the case with most SharePlay content, everyone who participates in a shared stream must have access to the service in question. So, if you’re the only one with an ESPN Plus login, you won’t be able to watch the game via SharePlay with your friends.

Currently, only the iOS and iPad versions of the ESPN app have SharePlay support, with the company promising that Apple TV users will get a similar update later this month.

Disney’s rollout of SharePlay support has been gradual since the feature launched last October: the company added support for Disney Plus in December, shortly after the feature launched, compared to the nearly five months it took for ESPN. Meanwhile, Hulu – Disney’s third major streaming service – still doesn’t offer SharePlay support.


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