The much-awaited Disney + streaming service, which is likely to be as important as Netflix for many consumers, is now available. Disney + combines Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic content into a single streaming app. You can dig into Disney +'s vault of animated classics, superhero blockbuster, TV shows and new originals, such as The Mandalorian as of today. There is a free seven-day trial period for new customers, so you have a week to make the decision to add another subscription to your life.
Here's everything you need to know about getting started with Disney +.
How much does Disney + cost?
Disney + is $ 6.99 per month or $ 69.99 if you pay annually. There is also a package that combines Disney +, Hulu (with ads) and ESPN + for a single rate of $ 12.99 per month. You can access Disney + on mobile devices, TVs, streaming gadgets, game consoles and the web.
Where is Disney + available?
Disney + starts in the US and Canada. A free pilot was quietly launched in the Netherlands as a precursor to today's debut and is still available. Disney has said that the service will be expanded to the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and more on March 31, 2020. Content selection will vary based on your country, as it does with Netflix and other streaming services.
Just announced: #DisneyPlus will be available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain (and more to be announced soon) starting March 31. Note: Titles may vary by territory. pic.twitter.com/lE6nzBeaXy
– Disney + (@disneyplus) November 7, 2019
What devices can I watch at Disney + at launch?
Disney has managed to land business with all the major streaming platforms in time for day one.
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- Desktop browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
- Google Chromecast
- iPhone  LG Smart TVs
- PlayStation 4
- Roku Products and Roku TVs
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Sony Smart TVs with Android TV
- Xbox One
How many user profiles can I create in my Disney + account?
Each Disney + account supports up to seven individual profiles with personalized recommendations and separate monitoring lists.
What is it to watch?
Disney + launch lineup: Every movie and TV show available to stream in the US on the first day
Is there parental control?
… kind of. When you create a profile and designate it as a child account, it will be restricted to a special Disney + portal that contains age-appropriate content for children.
However, there is nothing that prevents children from switching profiles to the usual Disney + experience. Disney offers no PIN protection or way to keep them locked into the child-optimized experience.
How many units can I stream Disney + on simultaneously?
Disney + allows four simultaneous streams over devices.
This is more than what Hulu (one stream at a time) and ESPN + (three streams) offer, so if you sign up for the triple bundle, just think about it. You should have enough slots so that everyone in your household can see what they want with Disney +, but that will not necessarily be true for the other services.
How do downloads work?
You can download movies and TV shows from Disney + on up to 10 mobile devices. Downloads are supported on iPhone, iPad, Android phones and Android tablets (including Amazon Fire tablets). They are not available on laptops.
Disney claims that it will allow unlimited downloads limited only by the available storage space on your device. Subscribers need to connect to the internet at least once every 30 days for downloads to remain available, but Disney + automatically renews download licenses when you do so – so don't worry about anything going on when you get on a plane or hand your kids an iPad before a trip.
In the Disney + settings menu you can choose between high, medium and standard quality for downloads, and the app usefully shows how much you can save for each. High takes up considerably more storage space than the other choices, but if you have the space and want the best Disney + experience away from an internet connection, it's probably the one you want.
High quality means that Disney + will download the best version of any given show or movie that your device can play. The video resolution is optimized for whatever screen you use and if your phone or tablet supports enhanced HDR color (and more and more do), you get HDR-enabled downloads.
A nice touch is that Disney + always shows the different video and audio formats in which content is available, so even if your device can't play anything in 4K, at least you know the option is there on TV screens. Notice The Little Mermaid example on an iPad Pro below, the downloaded video will be HD with Dolby Vision HDR and 5.1 audio, but below you can see that it is elsewhere in 4K with Dolby Atmos sound.
Do I have to pay extra for 4K?
No, 4K streaming is available as part of the Disney + plan.
Can I share my password with Disney + with friends and family without having problems?
Probably, as long as you keep it within reason. Disney recognizes that password sharing is one thing and doesn't seem to be so concerned about strictly monitoring who uses your Disney + account and where. But if things get out of hand or if password sharing significantly affects service growth, Disney can become less flexible.
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