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Here is how you can stream Disney Plus to the big screen without a smart TV

Want 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. While you can watch all of the Disney Plus library on a smartphone or tablet, getting that content onto your big screen TV takes a bit more effort.

While some smart TVs such as Samsung, Sony/Android and LG smart TVs let you install a Disney Plus app directly, you can still watch Disney Plus content on a regular TV.

Here's how to set up Disney Plus for viewing on the big screen.

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 the Disney Plus app on your device and create an account. Next, choose a package for $11.99 a month or $119.99 for a year.
  2. Connect and set up a Chromecast device on your TV.
  3. Either browse or search for a movie or TV show you want to watch.
  4. Open the content 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

Assuming you've already set up the Disney Plus app on your iOS device and have Apple TV, you can either install the Disney Plus app on your fourth- or fifth-generation Apple TV. The most recent Apple TV supports 4K content. You can watch Disney Plus content at a higher resolution if your TV supports it.

To stream content from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, tap on the AirPlay icon near the top corner of your screen and choose your Apple TV from the list of available AirPlay devices.

If you have a fourth- or fifth-generation Apple TV, you can download and install the Disney Plus app to the device, log in to your account and watch content without using your iOS device at all.


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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 to your TV over HDMI.

Connect your computer 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.

You can also connect a smartphone or tablet to your TV and do the same thing.

Note that, 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 Microsoft Store or the PlayStation Store. 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.

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