Disney+ has quickly become one of the world’s biggest streaming providers. It is one of the best-value entertainment options you can get right now and combines movies and shows from mega franchises like Marvel and Star Wars. You can also watch content for an older audience via Star, so there’s literally something for everyone – and it’s all available for just $11.99 a month!
Disney+ has apps for smartphones, tablets and of course works great in a web browser on a desktop or laptop computer. But with the shows and movies on offer delivered with stellar picture quality – many of them in 4K and Dolby Vision – the best way to enjoy the thousands of hours of Disney+ content is from the comfort of your couch, on your big screen TV.
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It’s easy to get that Disney goodness off your phone and onto your screen – just follow these steps.
1. Check if You Have a Streaming Device that Works with Disney+
A company the size of Disney was never going to do anything by halves, and Disney+ launched with support for a range of the most popular streaming devices around – as well as for the major brands of smart TVs. If you’ve bought a major-brand smart TV (Sony, LG or Samsung) in the past few years, chances are it supports the Disney+ app already. Check your TV’s app store if the app isn’t already installed – it’ll be in the “entertainment” section and after a quick download, you’ll be good to go without needing anything else.
Disney+ also works on game consoles – so if you’re one of the millions of Aussies that have a Playstation 4/5 or Xbox One, you can download the app on those consoles and stream away (and there are low-cost TV-style remote controls available for both, too, if you want the proper couch experience!)
2. Get a Streaming Device
If you don’t have a compatible smart TV – or would rather go for a more versatile setup – then grab one of the dedicated streaming devices supported by Disney+ and add the app to your collection. The device that performs best with Disney+ is the mighty Apple TV 4K (and its cheaper HD counterpart) – that’ll stream Disney+ movies and shows in up to 4K quality with support for Dolby Vision HDR, and integration with Apple’s TV app for seamless tracking of all the stuff you’re watching (including notifications when new episodes of your favourite shows arrive). The only downside to Apple TV is that it’s expensive, starting at $209.
A lower-cost alternative is Google’s latest Chromecast with Google TV, which now comes with a remote control and full on-screen interface. Disney+ runs great on this clever little $99 device, which is one of the best ways to get into streaming. Any recent Android TV streaming box (such as the Nvidia Shield) will also run Disney+ but Google’s device is the best-value one to go for if you don’t have a device already hanging around.
And for the budget-minded, Amazon’s $49 Fire TV Stick Lite handles Disney+ just great – although that well-priced model doesn’t support streaming in 4K (which isn’t an issue for many people).
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3. Download the Disney+ App
Once you’ve found your device of choice, you’ll need to grab the Disney+ app to start streaming – so head to the app store on the device and look for the section labelled “Entertainment” or similar. The app’s free to download and doing so only takes a few seconds. Once that’s done, run the app and you’ll be presented with a screen asking you to log in. You can set up an account right there in the app, even paying for the service via your Apple account if you’re on the Apple TV, but otherwise, it’s usually easier to set an account up on the Disney+ web site first (it’s much easier to enter details like credit card numbers) and then once the account’s set up, use those details to log in to the app. On Apple TV, you can also load up the app on an iPhone to automatically sign in.
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4. Streaming Disney+ With Chromecast
Google’s low-cost Chromecast is probably the most popular streaming device on the planet, and while the new Google TV-based model with its remote control is competing directly with Apple TV as a stand-alone streaming device, the traditional Chromecast is unbeatable value at only $59 and works great with the Disney+ app on your phone. To get streaming:
- Connect the Chromecast to a spare HDMI port on your TV
- Download the Google Home app from your phone’s app store
- Turn on the TV and switch to the HDMI input the Chromecast is connected to
- Load the Google Home app and follow the instructions in the app and on screen to connect Chromecast to your wi-fi network
- Load the Disney+ app on your phone or tablet
- Tap the rectangular “TV” icon in the top right corner and select your Chromecast from the list that appears (it’ll usually be the only one)
- You’ll see the Disney+ logo appear on your TV; now everything you play in the app will “cast” directly to your TV screen, with your phone or tablet acting as the remote control!