How to watch Hamilton

Best way to watch Hamilton (2020)

Wondering where to watch Hamilton online? Well, Disney+ is the best and only way. Home to plenty of family-friendly content, Disney+ has exclusive access to the movie adaptation of the award-winning Broadway show. That means you’ll have to pay either $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. to watch Hamilton on TV. But for that price, you’ll also get a huge library of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars titles.

All the ways to watch Hamilton online

Written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is the Broadway creation everyone wishes they’d gotten to see. Now, thanks to a filmed version, you can witness its historical and musical delights. The story follows one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, as he deals with a political job as the U.S. Treasury Secretary and the aftermath of the American Revolution. Manuel-Miranda perfectly fuses old-school looks and traditions with modern music that combines everything from hip-hop and jazz to smooth R&B.

There’s only one way to stream the cinematic version of Hamilton, and that’s through Disney+. The kid-friendly platform has exclusive rights to the show, so you don’t have to wait months (or longer) for it to reach regular cable TV. In fact, Hamilton is still yet to be released on DVD or Blu-ray, so you can really get ahead of the crowd. You can pay for Disney+ monthly or annually to access the entire Disney and Star Wars archives along with most of the Marvel films. Plus, you can watch plenty of other Disney+ exclusives, whether that’s Star Wars spin-off, The Mandalorian or the live-action remake of Mulan

Here’s a quick rundown of how much it’ll cost you for Hamilton streaming.

Streaming servicePrice
Disney+$6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr.

Streaming Hamilton

When it comes to finding a Hamilton stream online, your options are limited. That said, it certainly does make your decision a lot easier if you’re committed to seeing the famous Broadway show.


Disney+ has hundreds of hugely popular movies and shows to browse. Whether you’re a fan of classic Disney fairytales and Pixar animations or heavily into The Avengers, you’ll find endless amounts to watch via this streaming service. It’s often the place where new family-orientated movies like Frozen II are first released and is the only platform to house every single Star Wars creation. Plus, it’s got countless National Geographic documentaries to satisfy all your nature needs. 

If you’re into Hamilton, you’re clearly into musicals. And Disney+ doesn’t disappoint on that front either. The filmed version of the show Newsies appears in the service’s library along with the likes of Annie. You can even enjoy more Hamilton action via Hamilton In-Depth this one-off show features interviews with the main cast members, director and Miranda.

All of the above will require a Disney+ subscription, which costs either $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. (If you opt for the annual option, you’ll save a little each year.) For more entertainment, you can bundle Disney+ with ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99/mo., saving around $5/mo. and gaining more on-demand movies and shows and new sports content. 

Whether you opt for the monthly, annual or bundle subscription, you’ll receive the ability to download unlimited amounts of content for offline viewing and the chance to watch Disney+ on four different devices at the same time. Each account can house up to seven individual user profiles, too, which both adults and kids can personalize. Parental settings can be switched on to stop kids watching the few mature titles that appear on the platform. And when you want to watch Hamilton with Disney+ subscribers that aren’t in your household, turn to GroupWatch. This nifty Disney+ feature means you can play, pause, rewind and react to any content with up to six relatives or friends who live elsewhere.

Thankfully, finding a device to stream Disney+ on won’t be difficult. The service works with almost every device that exists, including Android and iOS phones and tablets, Amazon, Chromecast and Roku models and a bunch of smart TVs. You can even install the Disney+ app on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles to seamlessly switch between gaming and on-demand TV.

Renting vs. buying Hamilton

Currently, Disney+ is the only way to watch Hamilton. The cinematic adaptation of the Broadway show hasn’t been released on DVD or via digital download, but it is expected to be available to rent or buy soon. For now, though, you’ll have to subscribe to Disney+. When you do have the option to choose between renting or buying, think about how often you plan to watch Hamilton. If you’re a superfan and want to hold regular viewings of the musical, you’re better off buying. If you missed the original Broadway run and are just interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, renting may be better for you.

Our hot take

Since Disney+ is the one and only way to see a Hamilton stream, you don’t have much choice when it comes to streaming service subscriptions. But that doesn’t mean Disney+ will own the rights to the movie forever. So if you don’t want to miss out, sign up for the platform. Unfortunately, Disney+ once offered a seven-day free trial, but that’s no longer the case. That means you’ll have to pay as soon as you hit the subscribe button. However, it’s hard to turn down this particular platform’s library. With everything many kids and adults have been waiting for, it’s the streamer to try for exclusive, highly-rated content.

Lauren Sharkey