Disney Plus is the latest streaming service to hit the ground and already has millions of users due to the availability of a wide variety of collections from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. It can work on most platforms including the Apple TV which provides a smooth user interface. Together, these two can provide hours of entertainment in one place. Though Disney Plus is available on the Apple TV but only on the 4th generation devices, there is still a process to set it up on devices lower than 4th generation, and here’s how you can set it up on both.
Apple TVs compatible with Disney+
- Apple TV- 4K, launched in 2017
- Apple TV- HD, launched in 2015
Apple TVs not compatible with Disney+
- Apple TV- 3rd generation, launched in 2012
- Apple TV- 2nd generation, launched in 2010
- Apple TV- 1st generation, launched in 2007
Checking the compatibility
Disney Plus is available on the Apple TV since it launched and can be streamed on it like other services such as Netflix, Hulu, etc. But as mentioned above, Disney Plus can be directly streamed on 4K and HD TV sets only, you can identify which generation television you own by determining the model number. The model number can be found in the ‘About’ settings or at the bottom of your TV, on the first line, near the middle.
Disney Plus on 4th generation Apple TV
After you have signed for Disney Plus, there is a free 7-day trial after which the service costs 6.99 dollars per month. You can sign up on the web browser on the Disney Plus website or you can also download the app from the app store and pay via your Apple wallet.
After you have created an account, reboot the television and download the Disney Plus app from the app store and install it on your Apple TV. After the installation is done, go to the home screen and launch the Disney Plus app. Then, signup using your username and password and now you can start enjoying the huge amount of classic animated movies.
Disney Plus on older generation Apple TV
If your Apple TV is lower than the 4th generation, then you can’t directly access the Disney Plus app but you can still watch using AirPlay between your other iOS devices and Apple TV. To do this, install the app from the app store on your iOS device like iPhone, iPad, or the Mac. Affirm that both your iOS device and the television is connected to the same Wi-Fi. Start streaming the show you want to watch and click the AirPlay button and choose the name of your TV. If the AirPlay doesn’t work and a message is displayed saying that the content can’t be played then you can fix this issue.
Most of the users use AirPlay to mirror content on their Apple TV. Your Apple TV should be awake and the software should be updated on both the devices. Try restarting the television and also your router. You can also try disconnecting the TV from the main power source and also try putting your phone on the Airplane mode for a few seconds. On your Mac, make sure that AirPlay is enabled and also adjust display settings.
Downloading the shows to stream later
Disney Plus provides you with a feature to download the movies to watch later when you don’t have an internet connection. You can browse the show you want to watch and tap the download arrow icon and you can check the progress from the circular bar. After the download has completed, you can enjoy watching it wherever.