Disney+ may not make it to Amazon Fire TV after all

in Disney, Entertainment, Movies & TV

kid watching Disney+

Credit: tanaonte/Big Stock Photo

It seems Amazon and Disney have not settled their negotiations over bringing Disney+ to Fire TV and as the new platform’s premiere date approaches, the two may not be able to settle their disputes in time for its debut.

If Disney and Amazon are not able to settle their differences within the next month, Amazon’s Fire TV (the biggest streaming device currently in the world) will be the only major streaming platform without Disney+ at launch. And according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, it seems the two are at a stalemate over advertising.

Disney+
Credit: Disney

Right now, both company’s disputes are due to Amazon wanting the right to sell a “substantial percentage of the ad space on Disney apps.” However, Disney is resisting. According to the Wall Street Journal, if the two don’t see this through, Disney+ won’t be the only streaming app not available on the Fire TV app. Disney could possibly remove a number of its other apps from the Amazon video platform, including ESPN+.

Disney first revealed its list of supported devices for Disney+ back in August, when we first learned that the streaming service would not be coming to Fire TV. However, at that time it was not revealed why Disney+ wasn’t going to be featured on Amazon’s devices.

Disney+
Credit: Disney

For those wondering why it’s so important Disney+ makes it onto Amazon’s Fire TV platform, it’s worth noting that Amazon claims the device line currently holds over 34 million active users.

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 mobile devices including 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

When Disney+ launches November 12, the platform will feature a significant amount of Disney movies, including those from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Pixar, and many more from The Walt Disney Company’s many film companies. National Geographic content will also be featured on the service. In addition to many other live-action movies and TV shows from Disney’s cable channels, including Disney Channel, ABC, and ESPN.

Amazon's Fire TV
Credit: Amazon

The service will not offer live tv. However, subscribers to Disney+ will get to stream a vast amount of classic and original TV series and movies. A new animated series coming to the platform includes Marvel’s “What If…?” TV show, which is set to debut after the premiere of the streaming service some time in 2021.

What are your thoughts on Disney and Amazon keeping the Disney+ subscription service off of the Fire TV platform due to arguments over ad space? Let us know in the comments!

Source: The Wall Street Journal

View Comments (2)