It came down to the wire, but when Disney+ launched in late 2019 it had an app for the Amazon Fire TV platform. Here’s everything you need to know about what works – and doesn’t work – when watching Disney+ on an Amazon Fire TV device.
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Disney+ on Amazon Fire TV
You can subscribe directly through the Disney+ website or through the Disney+ app on your Amazon Fire TV device. The main subscription plan only costs $7 per month and gives you access to the entire Disney+ content library.
Another option is to pay $13 per month and get Disney+ bundled with ESPN+ and Hulu’s ad-supported on-demand service. That’s a 28% savings over getting each subscription service separately.
Disney+ Limitations on Fire TV
Even though your Disney+ subscription includes all the offered features, you may not actually get them all due to the limitations of some Fire TV devices. Two features, in particular, depend on the device having the right hardware: 4K-resolution video and downloadable content.
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 similar hardware-based 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.
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