Disney Plus has been available in Germany since March 24, 2020. We have a number of tips ready for you to get started with the new streaming service.
With Disney Plus , a new major streaming service has arrived in Germany and is attracting new customers with a one-week free test phase . Like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, the service can be used on various platforms such as Android , iOS, desktop browsers and many others such as Apple TV, Chromecast and Fire TV. So that you can find your way around faster, we have collected a few tips for setting up and using it.
Disney Plus setup: customize profiles
After registering, you have the option, similar to Netflix, to personalize your profiles. In addition to the avatar selection – there are countless characters from the Disney universe to choose from – you can make further settings.
You can turn off the automatic playback and background videos and limit the respective profile to a child-friendly interface with appropriate content by selecting “child profile”.
In addition, you can also set the language for your individual profile here. This not only defines the language of the application, but also the language in which content is displayed by default – if available. In addition to German, English (US and UK) and French (France and Canada), there is also Spanish (Spain and Latin America), Italian and Dutch.
Disney Plus: Customize the subtitle style
If you watch films in the original version, but like to use the subtitles to help, you have the option in Disney Plus to customize them to a certain extent according to your own wishes. To do this, start a film or series in the browser and click the symbol in the top right corner of the screen.
The audio and subtitle language can be set in this overview. There is also a small gear wheel there. If you click on it, you can set the font and size as well as the degree of transparency and colors. This is also possible with Netflix, but it’s a bit more hidden .
Disney Plus: Create lists for a better overview
Obviously visible on the home page, but worth mentioning: so that you don’t lose track of your series and movie watching plans, use the “My List” (or Watchlist) function. When you wander through the Disney Plus content library and have found an exciting film or series that you absolutely have to watch again, click on the tick next to the play button – and the title is in the list for later consumption . But you cannot store more than 50 pieces of content here, as t3n reader “HerrDerDinge” notes in the comments .
Offline use on Android or iOS devices
Like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus supports the temporary storage of content on mobile devices.
The download button is located in every film title menu: next to the play button for films, next to each season as well as next to each individual episode for series.
In the app settings you also have the option of specifying that content can only be downloaded via WiFi. In addition, the download quality and, if necessary, the storage location can be selected here.
Disney Plus in the browser: use keyboard shortcuts
If you use Disney Plus on your notebook or desktop via browser, the keyboard shortcuts might come in handy:
- M – mute the sound
- F – full screen mode
- Esc – exit full screen mode
- Spacebar – start or pause video
- Right cursor key – fast forward ten seconds
- Left cursor key – rewind ten seconds
Disney Plus: Flixable helps find it
The external search engine Flixable is not pretty but practical : The website offers an overview of all available content for Disney Plus and Netflix. You can also sort and filter films and series by the categories of year of release, genre, IMDB rating and language.
Watch Disney Plus with friends
In times of Corona, social distancing is popular. Watching a series or a film with friends at home is currently not possible. This is where the Disney Plus Party Chrome extension comes in handy. She lets you open a chat room and automatically fades in the desired stream. By the way, there is a similar solution for Netflix called Netflix Party . The Chrome extension is not free: you have to invest around two euros.
Disney Plus: Set advertising preferences
The settings for interest-based advertising and other cookies are somewhat more hidden. You can find these in the desktop overview at the bottom of the website.
Under the item “Interest-based advertising” you can access the website of the data protection service provider Trustarc – here you can specify which companies are allowed to display targeted advertising to you. Under the additional button “Manage settings” you can also make rudimentary privacy settings. Here you can deactivate performance, targeting and advertising cookies, which reduces the collection of your user data. However, this can mean that the Disney Plus recommendation engine spits out less relevant results for you.
A Disney Plus subscription starts and costs 6.99 euros per month and has a term of one month. For the one-time price of just under 70 euros you get a discounted annual subscription. As a new customer, you can also test the service for free for a week.