With a debut that broke the internet, Disney+ has certainly been capturing a lot of fans’ attention. The buzz about the new streaming service had been growing for months and months, and many fans were disheartened to see Disney-owned favorites leaving other streaming platforms. Now the time has finally come when (most of) Disney’s massive catalog is readily available at the touch of a button.
With Disney’s vast expanse of programming options, everyone in the family can find something they’ll like to watch. However, that can lead to some struggles over screens as Disney+ does put a limit on how many “devices” can use the platform.
What’s the limit and how might it impact large families sharing the service? Let’s find out.
A massive catalog of options on Disney+
Many people probably think of Disney+ as a streaming option geared primarily toward kids, but that simply isn’t the case. In fact, the platform offers a special kids mode because so much of the content is not necessarily aimed at children. Marvel movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Endgame, and other PG-13 rated flicks are not really kid-friendly for the youngest viewers.
Those young viewers will still have plenty to hold their attention, though. Several Disney Junior series including Doc McStuffins and the classic Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are also available to stream.
While mom and dad hunker down with the popcorn to watch some superhero action fighting, their younger kids can gather round for some wholesome, educational entertainment. Disney clearly aims to be a versatile media provider that keeps the whole family engaged.
Not everything Disney has made is available
many consider Disney+ to be an all-encompassing offering of the multitude of films and shows Disney has created, there are some selections that are currently not available on the service. The extremely controversial and outdated Song of the South, which has been lambasted for portraying damaging racial stereotypes, is nowhere to be found. Disney did make the choice to stream some other questionable material and tries to walk the line between past and present by placing content warnings on material that contains racist tropes.
Other films that aren’t available on Disney+ include newer releases like the live-action versions of Aladdin and The Lion King as well as Toy Story 4. While it’s perhaps understandable that these new films would not yet be streaming, some other missing options are a little confusing. Fans won’t be able to find Up or Maleficent, for instance.
What counts as a device?
With so many options available, it’s feasible that many members of the family would want to be watching the service simultaneously. Disney planned for this reality and has offered fairly generous usage terms.
An account can have up to seven separate profiles (each represented by a different Disney character). Users can also download material onto up to 10 separate devices, allowing for on-the-go viewing without reliance on wi-fi connectivity.
However, there are limits on how many people can be simultaneously using the service. It can only be viewed on four screens at the same time. There is currently no option to pay more to get more screens. Four is the hard limit for all users.
What counts as a device for the limit? Just about anything. Disney+ is currently available on streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire as well as Android and Apple tablets and phones. It is also available on many smart TVs, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Chromecast.
On top of that, it can be streamed directly on computer screens on multiple web browsers.