If Disney+ has been on your mind lately, you probably have a few questions. A common one that crops up is: Does Disney+ support 4K streaming? And if it does, how much content is available to watch in this ultra-high resolution? Read on for all the answers, plus insight into which devices are perfect for your 4K needs. For more information on device compatibility, check out our full Disney+ review.
What is 4K programming?
Talk of 4K content is everywhere. But what does 4K actually mean for you and your viewing experience? Well, 4K is an upgrade from high definition (HD). It’s sometimes referred to as ultra-high definition, or UHD. A TV with a 4K display has at least eight million active pixels, meaning it’s around four times as detailed as regular HD. So if you want a much sharper picture, a 4K device is your best bet.
Does Disney+ support 4K resolution?
Unlike other streaming services, Disney+’s 4K content doesn’t involve an extra fee. You can watch every 4K title for the same price of $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. Plus, the platform has a decent library of 4K movies and TV shows with more being regularly added.
As well as supporting 4K, Disney+ also supports Dolby Vision and HDR-10 formats. Both enhance the display of your screen by making the colors more vivid and increasing the contrast between white and black. Disney+ will automatically work out which technology your device uses and play the title in the most enhanced format available.
Which devices support 4K streaming on Disney+?
To watch Disney+ content in 4K, you’ll need to own a screen with a 4K display or a device that can stream 4K. Thankfully, there are plenty of models that can play Disney+ titles in 4K. Here’s the full list:
- Amazon Fire TV Cube (1st and 2nd generation)
- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
- Apple TV 4K
- Chromecast Ultra
- LG 4K WebOS Smart TVs (2016 and newer)
- NVIDIA Shield TV (2017 and 2019)
- NVIDIA Shield TV Pro
- PlayStation 4
- Roku (Premiere, Streaming Stick+, Ultra and Ultra LT devices)
- Samsung 4K Tizen Smart TVs (2016 and newer)
- Sony 4K Android TVs
- Xbox One
- Xiaomi Mi Box S
Any 4K TV and monitors need to support HDCP 2.2 for the best quality streaming. And any Roku device that doesn’t appear in the above list is limited to playing HD content. The same goes for Amazon Fire devices.
It can also be difficult to find a phone or tablet that supports 4K streaming, so your best bet is to invest in a compatible 4K TV or hook one of the above streaming devices up to your TV.
What content on Disney+ supports 4K streaming?
Right now, there are more than 100 4K titles available to watch on Disney+. And it’s not just new or original content either. Older movies like the original Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast can be viewed in 4K too. The oldest title to get the remastered treatment is currently the 1963 classic, The Sword in the Stone.
One of the biggest advantages of Disney+ is the fact it has every Star Wars movie in 4K. All of its Pixar CGI and Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) titles are also formatted for 4K playback.
Most Disney+ original shows are in 4K too. But other series are only available in HD. You can easily find 4K movies by heading to the Movies section of the Disney+ catalog and filtering by Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR). Unfortunately, the same filter doesn’t exist for TV shows. But 4K episodes will have a 4K label in the details below the play button.
New 4K titles are likely to be added on a regular basis. But here are all the movies you can currently watch in 4K on Disney+:
- A Bug’s Life
- A Wrinkle in Time
- Aladdin (1992)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Avengers: Endgame
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Beauty and the Beast (1991)
- Beauty and the Beast (2017)
- Big Hero 6
- Black Panther
- Captain America: Civil War
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Captain Marvel
- Cars 2
- Cars 3
- Christopher Robin
- Cinderella (2015)
- Doctor Strange
- Dumbo (2019)
- Finding Dory
- Finding Nemo
- Free Solo
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Hocus Pocus
- Incredibles 2
- Inside Out
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 2
- Iron Man 3
- Lady and the Tramp (2019)
- Mary Poppins Returns
- Monsters, Inc.
- Monsters University
- National Treasure
- National Treasure: Book of Secrets
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Ralph Breaks the Internet
- Remember the Titans
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars: A New Hope
- Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
- The Avengers
- The Bears and I
- The Black Cauldron
- The Good Dinosaur
- The Incredibles
- The Jungle Book (2016)
- The Lion King: The Walt Disney Signature Collection
- The Little Mermaid
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
- The Princess and the Frog
- The Princess Diaries
- The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
- The Santa Clause
- The Santa Clause 2
- The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
- The Sword in the Stone
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Thor: The Dark World
- Toy Story
- Toy Story 2
- Toy Story 3
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit
- Wreck-It Ralph
What’s the recommended internet speed for 4K streaming on Disney+?
If you want to avoid constant buffering and fuzzy screens, you’ll need a decent internet connection. This is even more vital when you’re streaming in a high resolution like 4K. Ensure you have an internet speed of at least 25 megabits per second to keep your streaming stable.
Although Disney+ doesn’t have the same amount of 4K content as rival streaming services like Netflix, its Ultra HD library is growing. Plus, it offers things that no other service can compete with. For example, Disney+ is the only place to catch every Star Wars title in 4K. So if you’re planning to subscribe to Disney+, getting a 4K device is well worth your while.