Disney is changing how TV is watched on its app platforms. Up until recently, multiple apps were needed to watch the different Disney channels. One app for the Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney, and another for Disney Junior. Now, these can all be watched on the DisneyNOW app. Rather than log in individually for each of these three apps, viewers can now just log in once with the cable credentials to watch these channels.
Once logged into the app, viewers can customize profiles with preferences for what they want to watch. The app will also remember what users are watching so shows can be picked up where they left off. Beyond just content to watch, the app has games, music, and special performances. Seasonal content is also available on the app. People using the app will be able to watch live shows along with on-demand television.
DisneyNOW is the first glimpse of where the Walt Disney Company is taking it streaming services. It does not have full-length movies like are currently found on Netflix and Hulu. Disney will be streaming its own theatrical features on its own app starting in 2019. Some of the content on DisneyNOW is free but to gain access to all of it, viewers will need to log in with cable/satellite/digital TV credentials or YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, or Hulu credentials.
DisneyNow is free to download on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Fire tablets, and Roku. A version for Fire TV, Android TV and the web will arrive next year. Currently the old Disney apps are still available for use.
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