While iOS 15 boasts a plethora of super cool features, FaceTime has probably got the most attention. Whether it’s the revamped design, the well-thought-out functionality to make a FaceTime call from iPhone to Android, or the exciting SharePlay feature that allows users to watch movies together on FaceTime, Apple’s video-calling app looks all set to rival video conferencing services like Zoom and Google Meet. So, if you are ready to kick off your binge-watching spree with your friends and loved ones, let’s learn how to watch movies together on FaceTime with SharePlay!
Especially when dealing with an all-new feature like Facetime SharePlay, clearing the doubts upfront is the way to go. So let’s first learn about the basics, and then we can check out the steps to watch movies together over a FaceTime call.
SharePlay is designed to let users listen to songs with Apple Music, share their screen, or co-watch movies and TV shows in sync while on a FaceTime call. By integrating access to apps from within the call itself, it enables real-time connections for seamless play. Thanks to the pretty neat shared playback controls, anyone on the video call can play, pause or jump ahead with ease. Even better, SharePlay also extends to Apple TV to let users watch shows and movies on a big screen.
There is nothing new about FaceTime SharePlay as services like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ have offered the co-watching feature for a long time. However, what puts Apple’s offering ahead of the curve is the deep integration and the ability to deliver seamless play across devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac. So, Apple may be a little late to the party (like it always does), but it has sort of nailed the co-watching functionality, unlike any other rival.
As the trend to virtually watch movies and TV shows with family and friends has become popular during the pandemic, Apple wants to cash in on the opportunity big time.
Now, if you are wondering – can you watch Netflix with friends on a FaceTime call? Well, unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t support the FaceTime SharePlay feature just yet. However, we do expect the streaming giant to come to the fold sooner than later. Also, we expect Spotify to integrate the SharePlay API into its iOS app in the coming weeks.
No, they cannot! While Apple now allows iPhone users to make FaceTime calls to their friends on Android and Windows, you can’t movies and TV shows together with them.
“SharePlay is supported on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, and users can even bring their Apple TV into the experience when they want to display content on a larger screen,” states the Cupertino giant on its Share play API page.
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