Starting today, Disney Plus’ library of TV shows and movies is available to stream on smart displays like the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max, Google has announced. Google says all “Google Assistant-enabled” smart displays will support the feature, which should include similar devices from JBL and Lenovo. Content can be started with a voice command, such as “Hey Google, play The Mandalorian on Disney Plus.”
Streaming Disney Plus on Google smart displays was possible in the past using the Chromecast-enabled Disney Plus app on another device to “cast” a TV show or film to the display. Now, it can all be done on the smart display itself.
In order to enable the functionality, Google says you’ll need to link a Disney Plus account in the Google Home or Assistant app. It’s available in “select markets” worldwide. We’ve followed up with Google asking for specifics.
Disney Plus joins Netflix, which started streaming on Google’s smart displays in July. In addition to control via voice commands, Netflix also lets you browse content through the smart display’s touchscreen controls. It even supports gesture controls via the Nest Hub Max’s camera, letting you pause or resume playback by holding up your hand. Google’s Disney Plus announcement doesn’t mention any control like this, but we’ve asked for additional detail.
As we mentioned at the Netflix announcement, a small smart display isn’t going to be the most immersive viewing experience. But if you just want to have The Simpsons on in the background while you’re doing the dishes, playing it on a smart display is a pretty convenient solution.