Disney Plus is another streaming service blocked in many locations. Watching it securely from those places needs a bit of finesse. As always, when licensing for movies gets involved, things always end up in a bit of a mess.
Launched at the end of 2019, Disney Plus (or Disney+ if you prefer) joins the online movie streaming wars. Owned by the Walt Disney Company, it is now set to do battle with the likes of Netflix and Hulu.
These services make it possible to get an endless stream of movies as long as you have an Internet connection. However, because of complicated licensing and copyright, they’re forced to restrict what areas they can stream content to.
Accessing Disney Plus from Anywhere
The key to overcoming geo-blocks is to understand the basis of how they work. All of us are identifiable by an IP address when we’re browsing the Internet. This IP is assigned by our Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Most countries will have their own designated ranges of IP addresses. That’s how services like Disney Plus know where devices connecting to their service are from. If they detect any IP out of their allowed range trying to connect, they’ll simply refuse service.
The Disney Plus service is currently available in a handful of countries such as the US, Canada, Austria, and Germany. What you need to do is to make Disney Plus think that you’re located within one of those countries.
Outside actually moving, there are some easier ways of doing this. You can use a proxy server, or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service.
Using a Proxy Server
Proxy servers are remote machines that allow you to route your data through them. During the process, the target location you’re trying to access will see your point of origin as the remote server, not your real IP.
In this manner, you can choose a proxy server in one of the countries Disney Plus makes its service available in. By doing that you may get access to the Disney Plus service. The keyword here is ‘may’ since proxy servers are quite simplistic.
Streaming services like Disney Plus are aware of the weakness of IP-based geo-blocks and monitor a few other things as well.
Using a VPN Service
VPNs are a much better option than proxy servers for many things. The way you’ll use them is similar – sign up for the service and route your connection through one of their servers before heading to Disney Plus sites.
Compared to proxy servers, VPNs are a much safer option to stream Disney Plus with. Most of them offer highly secure services which not only help you spoof location, but also protect your data and increase your digital privacy.
Getting a VPN for Disney Plus
Despite the technical sounding name, VPNs aren’t difficult to use and once you’ve got them going, you actually won’t need to even keep them in mind.
1. Sign Up for a VPN Service
Because of increased security, not all VPN services will work with Disney Plus. This means you’ll need to work with a reputable brand in the business. Some VPN services like NordVPN have been demonstrated to work with Disney Plus.
2. Install the App Needed
After signing up with the provider you want, download and install the right app for your device. Most VPNs will offer a range of applications suitable for platforms including PCs, Macs, routers, or even Smart TVs. Once you’ve installed the app, sign in to your account.
3. Choose a Server and Connect
By default most options on the app will be fine right out of the box. What you need to note is the server you want to connect to. You will have to choose a country where the Disney Plus service is available.
Most good VPN service providers will have many secure servers available in multiple locations. Once you’ve chosen your desired server, connect to it and make sure the connection works. Then you should be good to go and can connect to your Disney Plus account.
VPN versus Proxy for Disney Plus
There are many free proxy servers around, but you’ll find that many won’t work with streaming services like Disney Plus. In addition, these servers can be dangerous to use since they may contain malware or try to steal your data.
VPN services are secure and not only help you stream movies, but also improve your online security in many other ways. They aren’t overly expensive too – there are top-tier VPN services that cost less than the price of a cup of coffee each month.
Although you might separately want to watch Disney Plus channels, be cautious and do so securely. Always be aware that your data is worth a lot and there are many ‘free’ services around that will try to get their hands on it.