Disney+ Hotstar introduced the “Watch with your friends” feature, which allows users to make video calls with their friends and family members while watching matches. This feature only applies to the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is a bit odd as now there are only two matches left to watch. Now that this technology has been introduced, it can be expected that future cricket and sports can also be added to it, but Disney+ Hotstar told Gadgets 360 that at present it is a special one-for IPL- is off.

To use this feature, you have to press the play button in the live IPL match and then click on “Start Video Call”. You can now use this feature to watch the IPL 2020 final match held on Tuesday. However, this option will be available on your device only in portrait mode. Which means that you cannot enjoy watching the match on full-screen. You can add up to 5 of your friends with Disney+ Hotstar’s “Watch with your friends” feature. After all friends have joined a match, you’ll have volume knobs access to match commentary and your friends’ conversations, so you can decide which ones you want to prioritize and if you don’t want video calls. You can also select the “Audio only” option.

Technically you can also enjoy video calling through third party apps like Zoom or Google Meet, but you may have problems with synchronization. This is especially annoying for live sports. Of course, you wouldn’t like anyone else reacting to the fall of a wicket before you, as the match is being streamed on their TV a few seconds before your match. Disney+ Hotstar’s ‘Watch with Your Friends’ feature takes special care of this and ensures that everyone can enjoy the moments of the match together.

At the moment, no information has been revealed about whether this ‘Watch with Your Friends’ feature of Disney+ Hotstar will be offered for non-live content or not.

However, this feature of the app seems to be weak on three aspects, that is – bitrate, seconds per frame and resolution. Disney+ Hotstar averages 3Mbps for live sports, which results in pixelated viewing on larger screens. At the same time, it also does not support 60fps and it does not even get 4K resolution for sports content.

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