Disney+: how to enjoy this streaming service and which compatible TVs and network media players to use

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It’s official: the Disney+ streaming service is now available! You can finally enjoy the entire Disney and Pixar catalog, but also movies and series from the Marvel universe and Star Wars franchise, extraordinary documentaries produced by National Geographic, and the ever-popular Simpsons series. Enough to keep several generations of viewers busy during the lockdown.

Disney+’s catalog includes all the Disney classics, as well as many movies and TV series, Pixar’s animated movies and shorts, movies and series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, movies and series from the Star Wars franchise, and productions from National Geographic.

How can you take advantage of Disney+? Which televisions are compatible? Can you use the service without a Smart TV? All of these questions are answered in this guide.

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Disney+: €6.99/month or €69.99/year

Announced almost a year ago and available in the United States since late 2019, the Disney+ streaming service, now a direct competitor for Netflix and Prime Video (Amazon), has finally crossed the Atlantic.

The American media giant offers a very affordable subscription plan with the choice of either a monthly subscription for €6.99 that can be cancelled at any time, or an annual subscription for €69.99, which amounts to two free months each year.

It is also possible to try the entire Disney+ service free of charge for 7 days so that you can make up your mind before you commit to a subscription.

It is possible to try the Disney+ service free of charge for 7 days.

You must sign up to the service to benefit from 7 free days. This only takes a few minutes. After entering your email address and accepting the terms and conditions, you are prompted to create a password. The next screen lets you choose which subscription plan you want to sign up for and select a payment method (credit card or PayPal). As with Netflix when it was launched, this step is mandatory to benefit from the free trial. The website then specifies on which date you must cancel your subscription so that you aren’t billed at the end of your trial period. After this step, Disney+ is immediately accessible.

It is important to note that once you have confirmed your payment details, you will be charged €0.01 (credit card) or €1 (PayPal). These temporary fees are applied to ensure the validity of your account. If you cancel your subscription before the end of the free trial, you will receive a full refund within seven working days.

Disney+: up to 4 screens at once, 4K resolution on hold

Regardless of the chosen subscription plan, Disney+ subscribers can enjoy the service’s catalog on up to four screens at once, whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, a 4K Ultra HD TV or a network media player. With one restriction, however: UHD 4K resolution won’t be available until the Coronavirus lockdown has ended, and compression is slightly higher than normal in order to preserve bandwidth quality across the Internet network, which is currently in high demand because of this unprecedented situation.

With a Disney+ subscription, you can enjoy different content simultaneously on 4 screens. Arguments over which movie or series to watch are a distant memory!

Disney+: compatible devices and platforms

Disney+ can be accessed on mobile devices (smartphones, tablets), desktop computers and laptops (via a web browser), game consoles, network media players and Smart TVs.

Compatible smartphones and tablets

The Disney+ app can be downloaded for free on Android (Android 5.0 and above) and Amazon Fire tablets, as well as all iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads.

Smart TVs

You can access the Disney+ service on most Smart TVs either via the pre-installed app or by downloading the app for free from the television’s app store:

The Disney+ streaming service is compatible with all Android Smart TVs.
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The LG OLED55CX 4K Ultra High Definition OLED television and all LG Smart TVs with webOS 3.0 or higher are compatible with Disney+.
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Samsung QLED Smart TVs such as the Samsung QE65Q80T are compatible with Disney+, as well as all Samsung Smart TVs with Tizen released since 2015.
  • AirPlay 2 compatible Smart TVs

Panasonic Smart TVs are conspicuously absent from this list of compatible TVs. You will need to connect a Chromecast Video, an Android network media player or an Apple TV to enjoy Disney+ on the Japanese manufacturer’s TVs, while waiting to see if the streaming service will be added to the My Home Screen interface.

Media players and streaming devices

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The Xiaomi Mi TV Box S 4K Android media player is compatible with Disney+.

Like Smart TVs, Android and Apple network media players can access Disney+ via the free downloadable app. The Disney+ service also supports Chromecast and Apple AirPlay so that it can be streamed from a smartphone, tablet or computer to a compatible device:

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The Apple TV 4K is Disney+ compatible, as well as gen3 and gen4 Apple TVs.

Game consoles

The Disney+ app is available in the app stores of the latest Sony and Microsoft consoles:

  • Playstation 4
  • Xbox One

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