(Pocket-lint) - On 24 March Disney+ will be launching in the UK (and other European countries), bringing Disney, Marvel, Pixar and more to UK homes.

In terms of the free trial, Disney+ offers new subscribers a week-long free trial when you first subscribe.

The service is going to cost £5.99 a month, although you can get it cheaper if you take the offer for a 1-year subscription. That's available as a pre-order until 23 March costing £49.99, rather than the normal £59.99, working out as £4.17 a month.


If you're an O2 customer, you might also be able to get access to Disney+ through an exclusive deal offering 6-months' access to O2 monthly customers - which is also worth investigating.

But beyond having a subscription to the service, you'll also want to get it on your TV and there are a number of ways to do that. 

How to access and watch Disney+

Disney+ is accessible from a desktop web browser and from wide range of mobile devices, desktop browsers, game consoles, set-top boxes, and smart TVs. Be sure you're running the latest software on any of the following devices and then install the Disney+ app (if it's not already there).

But if you don't have access to a native app on your TV - and don't currently have any way to get it there - then you have a couple of options for devices to access the service. 

Disney+ on Sky and Now TV

It has been confirmed that Sky and Now TV will be supporting Disney+, so if you have either of those services and the devices that go with them, you will be able to use that hardware already connected to your TV. We suspect that you'll then just be able to sign-in to the service on your TV and be done with it.

The cheapest device for Disney+ streaming

If you're looking for a cost-effective way to get Disney+ on your TV then there are few better options than Roku Express. This is the entry-level device for Roku and it only supports 1080p content - but if you have a smaller TV then there's no harm in using the Roku Express. You also get a lot for your money with access to Apple TV+, Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube and a whole load more services.


The alternative option would be the Fire TV Stick. This is Amazon's TV option and offers a similar experience to the Roku. It's great value for money, offers access to loads of TV services including Disney+ and gets regular discounts. While you can Cast Disney+ to a Chromecast, we prefer the Fire TV or Roku approach because you have a physical remote.


The device for the best Disney+ streaming quality

While those two options above give you a great way to get Disney+ on your TV cheaply, they don't offer the best quality that the service offers. You can get 4K HDR streaming from Disney+, so one of the step-up devices below might be worth considering - if you have a 4K HDR TV that doesn't already have access to the Disney+ app.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K supports 4K HDR, but also offers Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, so it's a great selection of format support to easily add to your TV. As we said above, it offers a full range of services - including others that have Dolby Vision and Atmos content.


If you don't have a Dolby Vision compatible TV, then you don't need to worry about having a streamer that supports Dolby Vision. Yes, it's perfectly fine to use the Fire TV Stick 4K, but you might consider the Roku Premiere or the Roku Streaming Stick+ instead.


How to get Disney+ for free in the US

Verizon is offering a free year of Disney+ with its Verizon Unlimited and Fios Home Internet plans. It has five Unlimited wireless plans, ranging from $35 per line (minimum four lines) to $90 for a single line. Verizon also has three Fios Home Internet plans, ranging from $40 to $80.

Existing Verizon Unlimited subscribers

  1. Go to Verizon's Disney+ sign up page and select Get Started.
  2. Under Already have Unlimited?, select Get Disney+, and then sign in.
  3. On the next page, under 1st year on us $6.99/month after, select Get Disney+.
  4. Accept the Terms and Conditions and select the Enroll in Disney+ button.

Existing Verizon customers who don't have an Unlimited plan

  1. Go to Verizon's Disney+ sign up page and select Get Started.
  2. Under Change your plan to Unlimited?, select Change your plan, and then sign in.
  3. Switch to one of Verizon's Unlimited wireless plans.
  4. Go to Verizon's Disney+ sign up page to enroll in Disney+.

If you're not a Verizon or Fios customer but would like to get Disney+

  1. Go to Verizon's Disney+ sign up page and select Get Started.
  2. Under Switch to Verizon and select Switch to Unlimited.
  3. Under Switch to Fios home internet, select Switch to Fios, then follow the instructions.
  4. Once you've signed up, go to Verizon's Disney+ sign up page to enroll in Disney+.

If you've already signed up for a previous, no-longer-available Disney+ deal, you can still get a free year as a Verizon customer. Just sign up for the free year of Disney+ through the Verizon website (using the steps above), and when you're redirected to the Disney+ website, sign in with the login you used when you bought your subscription. Disney+ will still apply the free year to your account.

Don't forget the Disney+ free trial

Lastly, Disney+ subscribers are eligible for a one-week free trial. Just be sure to cancel within seven days to avoid being charged.

Writing by Maggie Tillman.