Disney+ wasn’t available on the Nintendo Switch when the service launched in 2019. Although Flixed did find compelling evidence that a Switch app could be on the horizon, the app still isn’t available a year later.
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Will a Disney+ Switch App Happen?
Although The Walt Disney Company did not plan to make Disney+ available on Nintendo Switch at launch, there is evidence that a Switch app is in the works.
The fact that Disney+ would create apps for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One shows they are open to fully supporting console-based apps. Many streaming services support one or the other but not both. And some streaming services don’t bother with game consoles at all.
The picture at the top of this section comes from a presentation The Walt Disney Company’s executives delivered to Wall Street analysts in April 2019. It clearly shows the Nintendo Switch as one of the platforms they hope to support.
“We focused on making our services available not just in all households but across every connected screen within each household,” Disney Streaming Services President Michael Paull told the analysts. At the time, however, negotiations had only been completed with Sony’s PlayStation group and Roku.
The other thing to consider is that Nintendo has been slow to embrace the idea that the Switch is anything other than a gaming platform. It took more than a year for the first video streaming service to have an app on the Switch. Keep in mind that this service was Disney-owned Hulu. That means Disney and Nintendo have an established relationship that may make getting Disney+ on the Nintendo Switch easier.
Which Devices Does Disney+ Support?
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Even though Disney+ won’t be on the Nintendo Switch for a while, Disney has made a concerted effort to develop Disney+ apps for the most popular streaming platforms. Across all devices, the Disney+ monthly subscription is only $7 (although that will rise to $8 per month in March 2021).
You also have the option of subscribing to a bundle that includes Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu’s ad-supported on-demand service for only $13 per month.
As far as gaming platforms go, Disney’s developers made the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One a top priority. That continued with the release of next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles.
The Roku ecosystem’s latest generation of devices have apps, although you’ll need the higher-end hardware to get Disney+’s 4K streams.
The Amazon Fire TV app store has the Disney+ app. Most sticks, players and televisions based on Fire TV will work fine.
All of the major Apple platforms — iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV — have dedicated apps. Support for Safari and other macOS browsers allows you to watch Disney+ on the iMac or Macbook.
Android’s mobile platform and the Android TV smart TV platform also have apps. Along with that comes support for devices based on Chromecast.
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Chris Casper is a former tech industry product manager who escaped from California for New Mexico. Now he writes about science and tech while searching for the perfect green chile sauce.