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Apple will let you stream Disney Plus, HBO Max with friends on FaceTime

Unfortunately, SharePlay won’t accommodate Netflix

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Watching movies with friends will soon be a whole lot easier. A new feature for iOS and other Apple devices called SharePlay will let users stream movies with friends over FaceTime, Apple announced on Monday during its Worldwide Developer’s Conference event.

This new feature will work with all kinds of content including movies, TV shows, and music across many different apps. As of right now, Apple has partnered with Disney Plus, HBO Max, Hulu, Twitch, Paramount Plus, ESPN Plus, MasterClass, NBA, PlutoTV, and, of course, Apple TV Plus. (Netflix was notably absent from the roster.) Music users will be able to stream through Apple Music. iOS users will even be able to watch TikTok videos in the same FaceTime call as well.

SharePlay will be available on devices like iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac desktops and laptops, and will work directly through the FaceTime app. To use the feature, someone on the call simply brings up whatever content they’d like to share, then everyone on the call can watch along.

During the WWDC event, Apple also announced that Android and Windows users will soon be able to join FaceTime calls. However, it isn’t quite clear if Android and Windows users will be able to take advantage of SharePlay, or if that will be limited to Apple’s own devices only.

SharePlay will be available as part of the iOS 15 update, which is set to be released sometime later this year.