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How to watch Disney Channel online for free

Whether you're trying to watch 'Big Hero 6,' 'Andi Mack,' or 'Hannah Montana,' here's what you need to know.


Joseph Knoop


Posted on Nov 12, 2018   Updated on Jan 27, 2021, 6:56 am CST

The Disney Channel offers plenty of ways to watch its latest kids cartoons and live-action family sitcoms online, and they’re so simple that even your young ones will be able to figure it out. Even better, most of the live TV streaming also offer Disney’s two sister channels (Disney XD for the teens and Disney Junior for the tykes). Plus, Disney has even more options coming in the near future. Whether you’re looking for Andi Mack or Ant-Man, here’s everything you need to know to enjoy a Disney Channel live stream. 

Here’s everything you need to know on how to watch Disney Channel online.

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What is the Disney Channel?

Disney Channel was founded in 1983, which means some of its original viewers are currently raising their own children on its programming. After a few years of figuring itself out, Disney Channel began emphasizing a healthy blend of animated series like Kim Possible and The Proud Family with live-action sitcoms like Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens. Since those days, Disney Channel had a consistent tug-of-war between the two genres of storytelling, but it’s launched the careers of Shia LaBeouf, Miley Cyrus (aka“Hannah Montana”), Selena Gomez on Wizards of Waverly Place, and plenty more.

  • Launched: April 1983
  • Slogan: “The happiest channel on earth.”
  • Genre: Cartoons/Family programming/Disney movies
  • Formally called: The Disney Channel (1984-1997)
  • Parent Company: Walt Disney Television

Disney Channel live stream: 4 ways to watch Disney Channel for free

The Disney Channel is available on almost every major live TV streaming service (the exception being FuboTV), and each one offers a free trial, so you can see which one works best for your needs (and your kids).

Disney Channel on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy, and of course, Disney Channel, where you can catch Raven’s Home and Big Hero 6.

Hulu Live TV $69.99
Hulu Live TV
(no ads on
Hulu content)

Disney Channel on Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. To gain access to Disney Channel you’ll either need Sling Orange or Sling Orange + Blue. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

Orange + Blue$50

Disney Channel on FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

To watch Disney Channel, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.


Disney Channel on Vidgo

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. You might be surprised to know that Vidgo’s an option to stream Disney Channel—and then you chat about it online via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.

English Premium Package$66.33/ 3 months
English Plus Package$53/ 3 months
Spanish Mas Package$25/ 3 months

Disney Channel on AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for Disney Channel, get in at the AT&T TV Now Plus tier to stream it.


Disney Channel on YouTube

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

If you’re looking for Disney Channel, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.

1 Month$64.99

Other ways to watch Disney Channel

1) Disney Channel site

Like most other website methods, you’ll need to log in to a cable provider to access all but a few selected episodes of any shows or a Disney Channel live stream. That said, the Disney Channel site is pretty kid-friendly, helps recommend shows based on tastes, and is good about ensuring parents have the final say on anything kids watch. A subscription to DirecTV Now, Hulu, or YouTube TV will unlock all of the content.


2) DisneyNOW app

Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Kindle, iOS and Android devices

Same story as the website version. You’ll have to log into a cable provider or live TV streaming subscription to access anything even remotely recent, but the app is excellently designed for all the aforementioned reasons, as you might hope from Disney. Plus, there are games to play.


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*First Published: Nov 12, 2018, 5:30 am CST

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