What is one of the major benefits of streaming movies and TV shows online? It’s that you can watch them anytime and anywhere. All you need is a stable internet connection and a device that supports the streaming app. But we tend to accumulate devices, and in one household there can be a lot of screens at the same time.
Can each of those screens stream Disney Plus at the same time? Disney Plus has a lot of great features, but it comes with some limitations too. There are some things that are unlimited, but not the number of screens.
How Many Screens Are Allowed?OK
When talking about how many screens are permitted per one Disney Plus account there can be some confusion. Like, what does it mean to have an unlimited number of screens? You could refer to the number of screens you are allowed to log in, in which case the answer is unlimited.
You can use any device to access your Disney Plus account. Provided you’re in the countries that support Disney Plus. You can use any smartphone, tablet, or smart TV to log in and stream your favorite content when you’re traveling or staying at your friend’s house.
However, when it comes to streaming Disney Plus on unlimited screens at the same time, the answer is no. You can have up to 4 devices streaming Disney Plus at the same time per account. It might not seem like a lot at first. But if you really think about it, it’s twice the number allowed by Netflix and Hulu.
The reason behind it probably has something to do with the fact that Disney is a family brand. What to do if kids want different Disney movies after dinner and the parents are trying to watch The Mandalorian for several weeks in a row? Hence, more devices allowed at the same time per Disney Plus account.
How Many User Profiles?
There is another point of confusion when it comes to the number of screens and Disney Plus. There’s one account, an unlimited number of sign-in locations, and finally streaming on 4 devices at the same time. But one account also supports up to seven user profiles. This is also a higher number compared to the competitors. And, with the same family-friendly approach in mind.
When you first open your Disney Plus account, you are prompted to create user profiles. It makes sense that everyone who is going to be associated with your profile has their own “entrance” into Disney Plus. Each person can customize their profile to their preferences and have everything organized to their liking. Here’s how you create a Disney Plus profile:
- Log into your Disney Plus account.
- Select “Account” (top right corner of the screen).
- Select an avatar (optional).
- Name the profile.
- Select “Save.”
That’s it. Just a few quick steps and a new profile is on your home screen. As you will see, the fun part about creating a Disney Plus profile is choosing an avatar. Any true fan of Disney already identifies with one or two well-known characters anyway.
It’s important to point out that you can create a Kids Profile. This means that Disney Plus has a special interface for them, with only content suitable for kids. All you need to do is to type in their name and switch to Kids Profile before you click “Save”. That alleviates concerns that kids might get exposed to inappropriate content.
What About Downloads?
Did you know that you can watch Disney Plus offline too? That can be very practical. It’s smart to have a few movies downloaded to your phone or tablet. Think of unexpected power outages and long trips without the Wi-Fi. The Disney Plus app lets you download an unlimited number of movies and TV shows on up to 10 devices. And there is no limit to how many times you can download one title.
So, if you have an SD card with a lot of storage, you can download a lot of movies and have them on hand. However, if in an unlikely event you exceed the number of allowed devices, you might run into a problem, though easily solvable. Just delete the content from one of the devices before using another one.
Error Code 39
If you are worried about the number of screens and Disney Plus, it’s good to get familiar with Error Code 39 so you don’t panic if you see it on the screen. Disney Plus can spit out a lot of error codes and each of them represents a specific problem. When you’re trying to watch something and you see this error code, that means that the number of allowed devices is at capacity.
You might want to investigate and see if other devices are logged in, or who else is currently watching. Error code 39 also means that the video you’re currently trying to watch isn’t available for some reason. Maybe it’s in high demand, of perhaps there are other availability issues. Also, this error occurs often if you’re streaming Disney Plus from the Xbox One gaming console.
All You Need Is Unlimited Time
Disney Plus might not have a lot of original content still, but the streaming service comes with a treasure trunk of classic Disney movies. It will take other streaming services a long time to catch up – maybe forever since Disney is no longer granting the rights. You might not be able to use an unlimited number of devices per Disney Plus account, but even if you could, how many devices could you actually use?
Do you think four devices per account is enough? How many would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.