Hulu’s streaming app is the latest to include support for Apple SharePlay, Apple’s new system that allows users to simultaneously stream content such as movies or shows via FaceTime calls. This week, the update was quietly noted in the details of the Hulu iOS app update, along with news of a new Live TV feature that allows users to switch between TV channels while playing.
SharePlay sessions allow up to 32 people to watch content at the same time using FaceTime, each with their own choice of audio and subtitles in their own language.
To use this feature on Hulu, a FaceTime call participant will launch the Hulu app and then tap the Share button and then the SharePlay option. This launches the SharePlay interface where other participants in a FaceTime call can view similar content in sync with their family and friends since they are also Hulu subscribers.
The company has instructed Hulu customers to update the Hulu app to the latest version on their iPhone or iPad to get started.
SharePlay, which was first announced as an upcoming iOS feature at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, was introduced to users with the launch of iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1. Apple has had several launch partners including TikTok, Twitch, NBA, Paramount+, Showtime and others, in addition to supporting SharePlay in native apps such as Apple TV+, Apple Music and Apple Fitness. Disney, which also owns Hulu, was one of Apple’s partners but didn’t offer SharePlay support to its Disney+ customers until last December.
Disney added SharePlay support to its ESPN+ streaming app last month. The company noted that Disney was the first to offer the option to watch live sports together.
With new support for Hulu, Disney has made it possible to watch all three services included in the Disney+ package together. Hulu pricing starts at $6.99 a month for an ad-supported service or $13.99 for a bundle with Disney+ and ESPN+.