Is Disney Plus on Comcast?
As an upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus has got everyone excited and on their toes. For it’s likely to bring some serious competition to the table, threatening to rival the likes of Netflix and HBO Max. With the release date rapidly approaching, we’re left wondering what it’s going to be like.
Even more importantly, everyone is anxious to find out which platforms the Disney Plus app is going to be directly available on. For instance, Comcast is wondering whether they can expect the Disney Plus app on their Xfinity products.
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What’s the Big Deal?
Disney might be one of the biggest corporations in the whole world, but the Disney Plus service doesn’t really bring anything completely new to the table. Streaming services have existed for a while now and Disney Plus does exactly what the others do: it uses the internet to stream content to your device.
But HBO Go and Netflix, for example, are significantly more popular streaming apps that consumers, in general, are very satisfied with. So why go to the lengths of creating a new streaming service? Well, because you have to, in this day and age. The traditional television is slowly, yet certainly dying and it’s being replaced by streaming – being able to access your desired content at any time you find convenient.
But is Disney doing this because it’s desperate? Far from it. Disney is one of the top players in the game. It owns Marvel, Marvel Studios, Fox, ESPN, Hulu, you name it! So, it’s clearly already earning money from streaming. In order to stay at the top, every company needs to follow the trends to an extent and Disney has decided to do this and more.
You see, Netflix is pretty much the only thing Netflix owns. The company has bought the rights to a wide variety of shows, movies, and other content, but the only thing Netflix can offer is more Netflix content.
On the other hand, Disney owns a ton of companies, from GoPro to Hulu. Therefore, it can bring a plethora of vastly different, yet matching services. For now, Disney Plus, on release, is rumored to be offering a bundle that incorporates ESPN+, Hulu, and Disney Plus for about $13 per month. This is something that Netflix, for instance, wouldn’t be able to match.
Although Disney is vastly superior to its competitors when it comes to all the potential deals and options it may offer, there’s a particular quality it lacks, from the user’s perspective. While you can get services such as HBO Max and Netflix on most devices (smart TVs or streaming), Disney Plus is somewhat limited. On release, it will be available on Apple TV, iOS devices, Android TV, Android devices, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
This may look like a solid list, but it’s missing a fey factor.
If you own a Comcast’s Xfinity Smart TV, for instance, you won’t be able to find the Disney Plus app in your Xfinity’s dedicated store. The same goes for Spectra, Sony, Vizio, and other major smart TV companies. This will likely be a huge deterrent for certain interested parties, as they’ll be forced to buy a new device, either a supported TV or a streaming device. Sure, Roku is an affordable and supported way to go, but it can easily seem like too much of a hassle, which will definitely turn certain users away.
That said, there is hope that Xfinity will eventually get Disney Plus. Both Samsung and LG TVs have support for Disney Plus, which shows that Disney is taking the Netflix-esque approach to spreading their app around. Until then, however, you’ll have to rely on one of the other platforms supported by Disney.
Will Disney Plus Come to Your Smart TV?
If Disney Plus isn’t compatible with your smart TV at launch, chances are that it won’t be. The reasoning behind this is that Disney is moving away from the traditional smart TV devices, and focusing on more advanced ones, such as Apple and Android TVs. The age of the typical television set, not to mention your regular television program is over and Disney knows this.
With the November 12th release date just around the corner, we’re all anxiously awaiting new updates from Disney. For now, however, if your device isn’t on Disney Plus’ compatibility list, you’ll have to sit back and wait.
Is your device on the compatibility list? What do you think about the lack of mainstream smart TVs on the list? Join in on the discussion in the comments section below and feel free to ask any questions.