How to Stream On Disney+

Everything you need to know about the Disney streaming service

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Disney+ is an on-demand streaming service from Disney that offers a selection of titles from Disney's massive catalog of movies and television series. In addition to fan favorite movies and shows, the service also features original content based on massively popular franchises like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Disney+ service is subscription-based, and allows subscribers to stream on-demand movies and shows through a website on computers and laptops, or an app on phones, tablets, and streaming devices. There is no connection between Disney+ and the Disney Channel, so you don't need a cable subscription to access this service.

Disney+ Launch Date: November 12, 2019

What is Disney+?

Disney+ is essentially Disney's answer to Netflix. The service is very similar to Netflix in terms of functionality and content, and it will serve as the new home to all of the Disney properties that used to be available through Netflix.

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The main differences between Disney+ and Netflix are that the Netflix streaming catalog of movies and television shows is much more extensive and is also more expensive.

While the Disney+ streaming library is smaller, it's also more focused. If you're a fan of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars, then Disney+ is the only place you'll find those titles.

How to Sign Up For Disney+

You can sign up for more information about Disney+ by visiting the Disney+ Preview site and entering your email address.

What Content Can You Watch on Disney+?

Disney+ is the streaming home to movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. It also has content from National Geographic. While R-rated films and some original material, like Marvel's Runaways, will still appear on Hulu, the majority of the content from those five sources will be exclusively available on Disney+.

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If you enjoy watching the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe or Star Wars movies on Netflix, you may want to consider switching to Disney+. The last Disney movie to appear on Netflix was Ant-Man and the Wasp. Disney+ will be the exclusive streaming home to all future Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm movies.

In addition to movies, Disney+ also has a lot of original content. The service has original Star Wars series like The Mandalorian, original series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, original National Geographic documentaries, and more.

All of the content on Disney+ is available on-demand, and there is no pay-per-view mechanism. That means your subscription provides you with access to the entire streaming library, and there is no option to pay extra to rent movies.

Is Disney+ Connected to ESPN+ or Hulu?

Disney owns ESPN and owns a significant stake in Hulu, but there is no connection between these streaming services. Hulu streams some Disney-owned content, like Marvel's Runaways, but Disney+ doesn't require or grant access to Hulu.

There is a possibility that Disney may offer low-priced subscription bundles with some combination of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+.

How to Watch Disney+

The primary way to watch Disney+ is through the Disney+ website, which includes a streaming video player that works in most modern browsers.

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Disney+ looks a lot like other streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu. The streaming library has a few categories, including movies, series, and originals, and there is also a search function that you can use to locate specific titles.

The service also includes a watchlist that works like the watchlists included with services like Hulu and Netflix. Users can save movies, television shows, and originals to watch at a later date.

Can You Watch Disney+ On Mobile Devices and Televisions?

In addition to watching on your computer, you can download an app to stream Disney+ on a variety of other devices.

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The Disney+ app is compatible with smartphones, tablets, and some streaming devices, including Roku. It's also compatible with some smart televisions, and there is a version that works with PS4.

One benefit of the Disney+ app is that it allows you to stream without being tied to your computer, but it also has some additional functionality. For example, the streaming device, smart TV, and game console versions all allow you to stream directly to your television. The tablet version of the app also allows you to download shows and movies straight to your device so that you can watch them later without an internet connection.