What you need to know
- The ESPN app has added support for SharePlay.
- SharePlay will work with live sports, ESPN+ content, and more.
ESPN has updated its iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV app to add support for SharePlay, allowing people to watch content with other people via FaceTime.
The update, which is available for download via the App Store, adds SharePlay support alongside the usual array of "bug fixes and optimizations." But it's the addition of the new FaceTime feature that will capture the attention of most with ESPN saying that live sports content will be supported by SharePlay alongside ESPN+ content and more.
SharePlay allows people to watch content and more while connected with friends and family via SharePlay and was introduced as part of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey towards the end of last year.
Here's how Apple describes SharePlay in its own documentation.
Those who already have the ESPN app installed will be able to download the update now. Everyone else can get it from the App Store as well (opens in new tab).
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I guess this might be cool for a few people, but what ESPN really needs to do is add a “hide scores” toggle and an option to watch games from the start. Now that they have the NHL package, this has been the only real gripe. Hulu hides the scores, but you can’t go back to the beginning of a game in progress there at all. If you come home from work at the beginning of the third period, you can either wait until about 30 minutes after the game has ended to watch on Hulu, or mute the TV, hold your hand up to try to block the score, find your game, start it, pause immediately, and scrub back to the beginning without ever looking at the screen. Or they could just add the basic functions that the NHL app always had!
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