Disney has announced that the ESPN app has been updated to offer support for SharePlay, which now gives subscribers in the U.S. a way to view live sports and original content completely in sync with their friends while on a FaceTime call. Now users can have SharePlay experiences with content across the entire ESPN app, including ESPN+ live streams, original content, and with TV Everywhere authenticated live streams. SharePlay will initially be available for iPhone and iPad users, and will be coming to Apple TV in an upcoming app update.
Brian Marshall, Vice President of Sports Products & Strategy, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution said in a statement:
“By adding SharePlay support to the ESPN app, we are bringing a live sports co-viewing experience to fans for the first time. We are thrilled to provide a unique opportunity for friends and family to come together to root for some of their favorite teams and players, no matter the distance between them.”
Launched by Apple with iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, SharePlay is a powerful set of features for shared experiences while on a FaceTime call. SharePlay sessions can host up to 32 people and offer each participant in the FaceTime call the flexibility of choosing audio and subtitles in the language of their choice.
Later this month, when SharePlay support extends to the ESPN app on Apple TV, viewers who prefer a bigger screen will also be able to enjoy the synchronized content on their Apple TV while still sharing the moment with personal friends and family over FaceTime through their iPhone or iPad.
All users in the session must be logged into the ESPN app via TV Everywhere credentials or be an ESPN+ subscriber for ESPN+ exclusive content, and also have devices running iOS 15.1 or iPadOS 15.1 or later to use the feature. Content availability is subject to blackout restrictions.