Yesterday, The Walt Disney Company announced all of the devices that will support its new streaming service Disney+. And surprisingly, missing from the list is currently the most popular streaming device line in the world: Amazon’s FireTV.
Yes–you read that right. None of the devices in Amazon’s FireTV line will be supported by the service upon its debut later this year. If you’re wondering, Amazon claims the device line currently holds 34 million active users while the world’s second-largest (Roku), sits at 29 million (Roku is included in the supported devices for Disney+).
At this time, it’s not known if Disney has plans in the future to add support for Amazon FireTV devices or if Disney is holding off because they’re in negotiations with Amazon. “This is likelier a last-minute ‘carriage fees’ negotiation and not some deliberate freeze-out by Amazon or Disney,” says Stephan Paternot, CEO of film financing platform Slated to Fortune.
It’s hard to imagine that Disney would purposefully go without adding Disney+ to the largest streaming device line in the world. However, if the company is in negations to make the deal work–when this deal might be completed is hard to predict.
In this stalemate, Amazon does hold a great amount of power as the company currently holds great stock in the streaming world. If Disney wants to get in on all of this potential viewership, the company may have to pay up.
When Disney+ launches this November, consumers will be able to access the app via in-app purchase on the following platforms, although this may vary by each country:
- Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV
- Google Android phones and TV devices, Chromecast, and Chromecast built-in devices
- Xbox One
- PlayStation 4 and Sony’s Android-based TVs
- Roku streaming players and Roku TV models
Do you have an Amazon FireTV device but also plan to purchase Disney+ when it premieres later this year? If so, what are your plans to get around this issue? Let us know in the comments below!