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A sort of hipper, savvier cousin to the long-lived Disney Channel, Disney XD targets older kids and teens. Sure, you can find some classic kid-friendly Disney fare here, like Mickey Mouse Shorts. But you can also find a dash of anime—from the latest evolution of Pokémon to the surprisingly epic soccer slam Inazuma Eleven. If you’re tired of twiddling your thumbs between the rare assemblages of the Avengers on the big screen, you can catch the animated adaptation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, as well as the recent Marvel’s Spider-Man series (and reruns of its predecessor, Ultimate Spider-Man) and the very-nearly-as-charming-as-the-films Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon. Some of the Disney Channel’s best shows—DuckTales, Gravity Falls— air here, too, with the former having originally debuted on Disney XD. You can even catch the occasional Overwatch match.
Thankfully, if you want to catch up on Disney XD’s shows, you don’t need a cable subscription to do it. The network’s available on a wide variety of live TV subscription services. And your subscription will also give you access to an array of Disney XD’s shows via the DisneyNow app.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Disney XD online.
How to watch Disney XD for free
There are a number of live TV streaming services that offer Disney XD. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, what other channels you just can’t live without, and what device (or devices) you plan on streaming with. We cover all of those essential issues below. But don’t worry: No matter which service you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch Disney XD for free.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Dish Network’s foray into over-the-internet live TV is the most popular such service in the U.S. That’s no surprise, given the low barrier to entry it offers for many of the most popular cable networks. For only $25 a month, you can sign up for a tier of Sling TV that will handily compete with any basic cable package. Sling TV offers a slightly dizzying array of options: two distinct packages (Sling Orange and Sling Blue) that you can sign up for separately or together (Sling Orange + Blue, which costs just $40 per month), and add-ons ranging from premium channels like Starz to cloud DVR storage. For Disney XD fans, you’ll need to spring for one of those add-on packages—Disney XD does not come standard in any Sling package. But it is available as part of the Kids Extra package for Sling Orange. That add-on package will run you $5 per month. And you can sign up for up to four extra packages (Kids Extra, Lifestyle Extra, Comedy Extra, and News Extra) for only $10 a month. Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $54.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu is practically an elder statesman on the streaming entertainment scene, first launching in 2007 and quickly garnering fans as one of the best places to catch up on streaming episodes of recent TV series. But over the years Hulu has expanded its offerings considerably, with a variety of subscription tiers both commercial-free and ad-supported—as well as its own Netflix-style slate of often-excellent original programming. Hulu with Live TV includes access to all of Hulu’s own original content, of course, but also allows you to watch over 60 channels live, Disney XD included, with 50 hours of storage dedicated to live TV—a particularly handy feature for sports fans. You can check out a complete list of Hulu with Live TV’s channels here.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is Sony’s offering in the crowded live-streaming-TV arena, and with packages that start at $44.99 for over 45 channels, it’s a solid option. You can save shows up to 28 days, and up to five people can share a package. Four tiers—Access, Core, Elite, and Ultra—allow you to pick the package that works for you. Disney XD comes standard on all four tiers. And if your God of War machine doubles as your primary media center, PlayStation Vue is the only game in town—no other streaming TV service works on the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3. You can see all of the PlayStation Vue channels here, and read more about the PlayStation Vue DVR here.
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
The internet’s preeminent source of Marvel and Star Wars speculation offers so much more. Launched in 2017, YouTube TV lets up to six people watch live TV on one account, which makes it a tough-to-beat proposition for families, roommates, or anyone else balling on a budget. $40 a month will net you over 60 channels, including Disney XD, of course, as well as BBC America, National Geographic, TBS, and many others. Plus, it includes unlimited space for DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
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Patrick Caldwell is a streaming entertainment reporter. He previously served as a staff music critic at the Austin American-Statesman.