Sometimes business gets in the way of entertainment. Disney and Amazon almost didn’t reach an agreement to put Disney+ on the Amazon Fire TV platform. Days before the launch, however, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Fire TV owners will get the Disney+ app.

CORD-CUTTER EXPRESS

We’ll match you to the best live TV streaming service in under 5 minutes.

Start Now

Disney+ on Amazon Fire TV

Over the past few years, Amazon has taken a tough stand on streaming services. It got so bad that even YouTube’s user-generated content wasn’t available. For similar reasons, some feared the Disney+ app would not be available on Fire TV products for a long time.

When you download the app, however, you might not get all of Disney+’s features. This is due to the limitations of some Fire TV devices rather than any business disagreements between Amazon and Disney. Two features, in particular, depend on the device having the right hardware: 4K-resolution video and downloadable content.

Disney+
Annual Plan - 2 Months Free!
$69.99/ Year

7,000+ TV episodes

500+ films

Disney+ Originals

4 simultaneous streams

SIGN UP
Disney+
Monthly Plan
$6.99/ month

7,000+ TV episodes

500+ films

Disney+ Originals

4 simultaneous streams

SIGN UP

The Fire TV Stick, for example, comes in two configurations. Only one, the Fire TV Stick 4K, will support 4K content. (You also need a 4K TV.) Likewise, if your television’s smart TV system uses Fire TV then you only get the 4K streams if the TV itself supports that resolution.

Downloadable content faces the same restrictions. Although the Fire TV Sticks and Cube have internal storage, that isn’t always been the case for Fire TV-based televisions.

Which Devices Does Disney+ Support?

Since you probably have a lot of other devices that aren’t based on Fire TV, you’ll be happy to hear that Disney’s developers have created apps for many of the most popular devices.

For connected TVs, you’ll find apps for Android TV, Chromecast and Roku. There’s also a Disney+ app for the Apple TV.

On the mobile side, tablets and smartphones based on both Android and iOS have Disney+ apps.

Disney even placed a priority on having apps game consoles like the PS4, Xbox One and NVIDIA Shield ready for the Disney+ launch.

Annual Plan - 2 Months Free!

Subscribe Now
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.