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How watch Disney Plus on the big screen without a smart TV

Want to watch Disney Plus on the big screen but don't have a smart TV? Here’s how you can do it.

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There are fewer things more relaxing than sitting back on the couch and watching a favourite movie. You can watch all of the Disney Plus library on a smartphone or tablet, but getting that content onto your big screen takes a bit more effort if you don't have the right brand of smart TV.

While some smart TVs such as Samsung, Sony/Android and LG smart TVs let you install a Disney Plus app directly, what happens if you don't have one of those smart TVs?

Well, there are still many ways you can watch Disney Plus on your TV without having to buy a whole new set.

Here's how to set up Disney Plus for viewing on your TV.

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Stream Disney Plus with Chromecast

You can use Google Chromecast to stream content from your iOS or Android mobile device to a TV.

  1. Set up and open the Disney Plus app on your device.
  2. Connect and set up a Chromecast device on your TV if you haven't already.
  3. Either browse or search for a movie or TV show you want to watch.
  4. Press play on what you want to watch and tap on the Chromecast icon near the top corner of your screen and choose your TV from the list of available devices. Your movie or TV show will start playing on your TV.

Stream Disney Plus with Apple TV

There are 2 ways to watch Disney Plus on your TV with an Apple TV device. First, you can just download the Disney Plus app from the App Store, log in to your account and watch direct via there if you have a 4th Generation Apple TV or later. The most recent Apple TV supports 4K content, so you can watch Disney Plus content at a higher resolution if your TV supports it.

You can also stream content from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your Apple TV via AirPlay. Much like with Chromecast, you open the Disney Plus app on your device and select what you want to watch. Then tap on the AirPlay icon near the top corner of your screen and choose your Apple TV from the list of available AirPlay devices. The content playing on your device will now be showing on your TV

Watch Disney Plus with an HDMI connection

If you don't have a streaming device connected to your TV, then you can always directly connect a computer, phone or tablet to your TV over HDMI.

Connect your computer, phone or tablet to your TV using an HDMI cable. Switch your TV to the appropriate HDMI input and your content should appear on the big screen. As HDMI carries both video and audio, the soundtrack should come through your speaker system as well.

In the case of phones and tablets, assuming your device does support HDMI output, you may need an adaptor between your device and the HDMI cable such as a USB-C-to-HDMI or lightning-to-HDMI converter.

Stream Disney Plus with Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon's Fire TV Stick is similar to Google Chromecast. It connects to your TV through HDMI and allows you to wirelessly stream content from mobile devices to your TV. But it also allows you to install apps, such as Disney Plus, so you can watch content without using your smartphone or tablet.

While older versions of the Fire TV Stick supported HD video, newer versions will deliver 4K content to your TV if it supports the higher resolution format.

Once you've installed the Fire TV Stick, install the app. You can search for Disney Plus using Alexa or download the app from the Amazon Appstore and remotely install the app on your device.

Log in to your Disney Plus account and enjoy the show.

Stream Disney Plus with a game console

Disney Plus is compatible with PS4 and PS5, as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. To get started, install the Disney Plus app from the respective section.

For your Xbox, you'll find the Disney Plus app in the Apps section. If you have PlayStation 4, the Disney Plus app is in the PlayStation Store. For PlayStation 5, look for the Disney Plus app via the Media then All Apps section.

From there, sign in with your Disney Plus credentials and you're good to do.

Stream Disney Plus with Telstra TV

The streaming service also works with Telstra TV. Access the Telstra TV menu and go to the App Store. Once there, select the Disney Plus app and click "OK", then "Add app". Confirm your choice and Disney Plus will appear on your home screen.

Stream Disney Plus with Foxtel iQ

If you have a Foxtel iQ 3, 4 or 5, then you can access Disney Plus via that box as well.

One way to access Disney Plus on Foxtel iQ is to press Home on your Foxtel remote, scroll across to the Apps menu, then highlight the Disney Plus app and press Select.

If you have the Foxtel Voice Remote, you can press and hold the microphone button on your remote and say "Disney app", "Disney Plus" or "Disney Plus app".

You can also look for the Disney Plus app via text search, the Apps carousel or by selecting a Disney Plus content tile.

Once the app is launched, you'll be taken to the Disney Plus login page. From there enter your Disney Plus account details and sign in, and you can watch on your TV.

Stream Disney Plus with Fetch TV

Another set-top box that allows you to watch Disney Plus on your TV is Fetch. Disney Plus is compatible with the Mighty Gen 3 and 4, plus the Mini Gen 3 and 4K.

To get watching on your Fetch, go to Menu, then Apps, then All and select Disney Plus. Then you follow the instructions to sign in and watch Disney Plus on your TV.

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Written by

Mark Neilsen

Mark Neilsen writes about streaming at Finder. He has over 20 years experience in entertainment media, having worked for street bible The Drum Media as well as The Music's magazine and website. He's partial to movies and TV shows featuring explosions and/or zombies, as well as the genteel pace of Test cricket. He's also trying to invent a time machine so as to whittle down the shows on his various watchlists. See full profile

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