How to get Disney Plus on TV

Last updated: 5 October 2023   By Dr Lucy Brown, Editor

Disney Plus can be added to TV services from Sky and Virgin Media, as well as via a range of smart devices.

Disney Plus TV subscriptions costs £7.99 per month, or it's possible to save 16% by taking an annual subscription for £79.90, which is equivalent to 12 months for the price of 10.

It's possible to add Disney Plus to Sky or Virgin Media, with good support for the app on their boxes. It's also available on offer via O2 mobile plans as an Extra.

Alternatively, Disney Plus can be watched on TV through a range of smart TV boxes or sticks.

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At a glance: Where to watch Disney Plus

Disney Plus can be added to both Sky TV and Virgin Media TV subscriptions, with the extra cost being added to their bill.

Both providers offer Disney Plus for £7.99 per month, although customers can save a little extra through the 10% bill credit offer on subscription paid for through Virgin Media Stream.

Here are the base TV packs from Sky and Virgin Media that Disney Plus can be added to:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Entertainment + Netflix 150 N/a £19 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £9/mth + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)
M125 Fibre Broadband + Stream 52 132Mb average £26 £35 18 months
offer Offer: Reduced price: £26 per month + Get 10% Stream credit back on every subscription you add to Stream
Big bundle 117 264Mb average £33 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35)
Sky TV Essentials + Superfast 35 Broadband 200 36Mb average £33 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £8/mth on Sky TV Essentials + No setup fee (Ends 27/06/2024)
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Superfast Broadband 150 61Mb average £37 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £9/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Reduced price broadband + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)

Sky TV can be taken as a standalone service without broadband. It's available nationwide and now only requires an Internet connection with no need for a satellite dish.

It's possible to save more by bundling Sky TV with Sky broadband, but Virgin Media TV is exclusively available to those who live in a Virgin Media enabled area and also subscribe to their broadband service.

Read more on the differences between Sky and Virgin Media.

It's also possible to simply sign up to Disney Plus directly, and it can be watched on TV through a range of smart devices including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, and select LG, Panasonic or Samsung smart TVs.


Disney Plus offers

Here are the top Disney Plus offers currently available in the UK:

  • 10% off Disney Plus with Virgin Media Stream as a bill credit, available on a monthly rolling contract
  • 12 months for the price of 10, worth 16% off, when paying for a year upfront directly with Disney Plus
  • 6 months free Disney Plus for new and upgrading O2 mobile customers when added as an Extra
  • £2 off Disney Plus each month for existing O2 mobile customers when added as an Extra

Customers who take Disney Plus with Virgin Media's new service Stream will get a 10% credit on their bill for each add-on they take, including Disney Plus. That brings the price of Disney Plus down to just £7.20 per month, and customers don't need to take out a lengthy contract to get those savings.

O2 mobile customers can get Disney Plus free for up to 6 months as a special promotional offer for new and upgrading customers.

Existing O2 mobile customers who aren't ready to upgrade can still get £2 off their Disney Plus subscription each month when they add it to their plan as an Extra. The £2 discount is added to the O2 bill as a credit, and will last as long as Disney Plus is an account Extra.

The last Disney Plus offer is available to anyone who subscribes to Disney Plus directly for a year upfront. In this case they get 12 months for the price of 10, or 16% off.

Other than these offers listed, subscriptions via Sky, Virgin Media or directly through the Disney Plus app all come with the standard monthly charge of £7.99.


Disney Plus on Virgin Media

Virgin Media added Disney Plus to their 360 and V6 platforms much later than Sky, in August 2022.

Disney Plus is now available as an app for both new and existing Virgin Media TV customers at the standard price of £7.99 per month.

As with Sky, the Disney Plus subscription is added to the main Virgin Media bill.

Customers who take Disney Plus through Stream will also get a 10% credit added to their bill for any channel pack add-ons they take, including Disney Plus, which offers customers a little saving.

Here are the latest prices for Virgin Stream:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
M125 Fibre Broadband + Stream 52 132Mb average £26 £35 18 months
offer Offer: Reduced price: £26 per month + Get 10% Stream credit back on every subscription you add to Stream
M250 Fibre Broadband + Stream 52 264Mb average £29 £35 18 months
offer Offer: Reduced price: £29 per month + Get 10% Stream credit back on every subscription you add to Stream
M350 Fibre Broadband + Stream 52 362Mb average £35 £35 18 months
offer Offer: Reduced price: £35 per month + Get 10% Stream credit back on every subscription you add to Stream
M500 Fibre Broadband + Stream 52 516Mb average £35 £35 18 months
offer Offer: 500Mb broadband for the price of 350Mb + Get 10% Stream credit back on every subscription you add to Stream

It's also possible to add Disney Plus to any of Virgin Media's pre-made bundles, with app support on both the TV 360 and V6 boxes.

Here are a couple of Virgin Media's cheapest TV bundles:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Big bundle 117 264Mb average £33 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35)
Bigger Combo bundle 190 362Mb average £40 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35)

Read more in our Virgin Media TV review.


Disney Plus on Sky

Sky became an official partner to Disney Plus in the UK in March 2020 and confirmed they would bring the service to their TV platform.

Their partnership means that Disney Plus can be paid for through a customer's Sky bill, something that isn't possible when streaming on most other platforms.

New customers can add Disney Plus to their package when they sign up online for Sky TV, and existing customers can add it via Sky TV menu system.

Disney Plus costs £7.99 through Sky, which is the same price as going directly, the only benefit is the ability to combine bills and watch Disney Plus on a big screen through either the Sky Stream Puck box, Sky Glass TV set, or older Sky Q box.

Sky TV on its own costs:

Package TV Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Entertainment + Netflix 150 £19 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £9/mth + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Glass 43 + Sky Entertainment + Netflix 150 £14
for 3 mths,
then £42
£10 48 months
offer Offer: Sky Entertainment & Netflix free for 3 months (Ends 23/05/2024)

Sky TV can also be bundled with Sky broadband for extra savings:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Superfast Broadband 150 61Mb average £37 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £9/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Reduced price broadband + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Ultrafast Broadband 150 145Mb average £39 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £9/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Reduced price broadband + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)

Read more in our Sky TV review.


Disney Plus on BT TV

While Disney Plus is now available on both Sky and Virgin Media, it's not yet available on BT TV.

This means customers can't access the Disney Plus app on the BT TV Pro Box, but could still watch Disney Plus through another smart device, such as a smart TV stick, tablet or games console.


Disney Plus app

For people who don't want to watch Disney Plus through Sky or Virgin Media, it's possible to sign up directly with Disney and watch the app on a range of smart devices.

The subscription price is the same at £7.99 per month on a rolling monthly contract.

The following devices support the Disney Plus app:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV (4th gen and later)
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation
  • Roku
  • Xbox
  • Android TV
  • Hisense smart TVs
  • LG WebOS smart TVs
  • Panasonic smart TVs
  • Samsung Tizen smart TVs
  • NOW smart stick and box

It's also possible to watch Disney Plus on smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers.


What's on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus became the only place to watch Disney content in the UK after their Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior channels were all pulled from pay TV services in October 2020.

It brings together content that would previously have been on those channels along with an exceptional back catalogue of Disney content alongside other shows and films.

The service is split into six separate categories, so let's take a closer look at what's on Disney Plus.

Disney

The main Disney section of Disney Plus includes all the classic animations and live action movies made under the Disney brand.

With everything from the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs up to recent releases like Raya and the Last Dragon, there are family friendly films here for every age group.

This section also includes the TV shows that would previously have been on the Disney Channel plus sequels and shorts related to the main Disney catalogue including some of the original Mickey Mouse shows.

Pixar

Pixar was bought by Disney in 2006 and it's now an integral part of the brand.

The Pixar category on Disney Plus includes classic Pixar films like Toy Story alongside recent releases like Soul and Luca.

It also has short features connected to the films such as a Forky series for fans of the Toy Story franchise.

Marvel

The Marvel section on the Disney+ platform covers all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe plus the recent TV shows it has spawned such as WandaVision and Loki.

There are helpful timeline options on the Marvel section of the app to let viewers watch films in order and understand which series came first.

In addition, there are behind the scenes episodes that look at the making of Marvel shows and films along with some legacy Marvel cartoon content.

Star Wars

All Star Wars films are included in the Star Wars category on Disney Plus.

These are accompanied by originals such as The Mandalorian and various animated series. For dedicated Star Wars fans there are even some vintage series included.

As in the Marvel section, customers can see how Star Wars content fits together and watch in timeline order if they want to.

National Geographic

Documentaries and other factual content can be found in the National Geographic category.

It includes plenty of earth and climate content but also offers dramatic retellings of important stories such as the fire at Notre-Dame and aircraft disasters.

Much of this is geared towards adults but there is plenty of family friend content too such as animal documentaries that will interest children.

Star

Star was added to Disney+ in February 2021 and has quickly become the home of everything else on the platform that hasn't got one of the labels above.

There's so much content on Star that it's difficult to give an overview but here are some of the categories at the time of writing:

  • Adult Animation
  • Star Originals
  • Romantic Comedies
  • Drama Series
  • Comedy Series
  • Action Movies
  • Comedy Movies
  • Horror
  • Thrillers

Hopefully that gives a sense of the variety on Star and the catalogue is ever-changing and expanding to give customers more choice on what to watch.

Star is effectively a whole streaming service by itself and it's no real surprise that Disney increased the price of their service from £5.99 to its current price of £7.99 to coincide with its arrival on the platform. For many customers, the extra £2 per month is worth it.


Verdict: Where to watch Disney Plus

Disney Plus launched in the UK in March 2020 and allows subscribers to watch films and content from the Disney archive and beyond.

Ofcom's latest Media Nations 2023 report showed take-up for Disney Plus had reached 25% by Q1 2023, higher than NOW at 7%, but less than Amazon Prime and Netflix at 45% and 59% respectively. Although take-up of Prime Video and Netflix has plateaued since Q2 2021, while Disney Plus is still gaining new subscribers.

Unlike Netflix which has different membership tiers, all Disney Plus customers get access to the content in HD and Ultra HD as long as they have a compatible smart device and TV.

It's also possible to stream Disney Plus on up to four devices at the same time under one account, and all content can be downloaded to watch later or while on the go.

Disney Plus can added to a Sky TV or Virgin Media TV subscription, and customers can benefit from the simplicity of just one bill.

Virgin Media Stream customers will get a 10% credit on their Disney Plus subscription, along with any other channel pack add-ons they choose.

It's also possible to get up to 6 months free with a new O2 mobile plan, or existing customers can get £2 off every month Disney Plus remains an Extra on the account.

Signing up directly with Disney Plus also gives the option for some money off, with customers able to get 12 months for the price of 10 when they pay for a year upfront.

Disney Plus offers six movie and entertainment channels, across a range of genres, so there is something for everyone, especially with the addition of Star which offers a further six distinctive categories of films.

Read more about the best streaming services, and where to watch Netflix.

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