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In this article, I review five of the very best remotes for Disney+. I’ll also review a list of popular streaming devices that support Disney+— and reveal a certain ignorance that I had about Disney.
The best remotes for Disney+ are:
You can click on any link in the list above to jump down to my mini-review for that remote.
That is if you don’t want to read my embarrassing Disney revelation first ? …
Disney Owns Star Wars?My 22-year-old son recently announced that he bought a subscription to Disney+. I gave him a weird look and said:
“Chris, why on earth would you spend your hard-earned money on a kids’ cable channel.”
Apparently, I have been living under a rock.
Chris promptly reminded me that not only does Disney own the rights to Disney Classics but also all the Pixar, Marvel, AND Star Wars franchise films.
“Disney owns Star Wars? “
“Yeah, dad, everybody knows that jeez.”
I am probably the biggest Star Wars fan on this side of the Dagobah System, but I somehow missed the Disney logo at the start of the last three Star Wars films.
We then proceeded to binge-watch all eight episodes of The Mandalorian. If you dig Star Wars, I highly recommend it. It may be a little violent for your wee ones but otherwise totally awesome!
Here’s the trailer:
Disney+ also includes all three Star Wars trilogies, nearly every Pixar movie ever made, a ton of Pixar shorts, and an extensive library of Marvel Entertainment superhero films. And that’s just the beginning.
At a time when the world could use a little light-hearted entertainment and rescuing, Disney+ seems like just the thing.
Well done, Chris.
Disney+ Supported Streaming Devices and TVs
How you binge content using one of the best remotes for Disney+ is going to depend on the type of streaming device you own.
Tom’s Guide has a more extensive list than mine below but Disney+ is already available on all popular streaming devices. Here’s the shortlist:
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets
- Roku boxes and sticks and TVs
- Google Chromecast and Chromecast-enabled devices
- Apple TV (available as in-app purchase)
- Microsoft Xbox One
- Sony PlayStation 4
It is also available on most popular brands of smart TVs including Samsung Smart TVs, Android-based Sony Smart TVs, and many others.
Best Remotes for Disney+ Streaming
The crazy thing is that all of the above devices require a separate remote in order to use them.
In most cases, those remotes are a bit on the lame side, and they will do little more than control one specific device. Enter the Logitech Harmony family of universal remotes!
Three of the best remotes for Disney + are made by Harmony. Harmony can help you get the most enjoyment out of Disney+ IMHO.
All of the Harmony remotes here will work with whatever streaming media player you own, except for Chromecast. You can read about the Chromecast dilemma here [although rumor has it this may be changing soon].
So, if you want to use a Harmony remote with Fire TV, Roku or Apple TV, for instance, it will work great.
The Harmony remotes all require a bit of setup. [Tip: Use your PC and Harmony’s setup wizard, not the mobile option.] However, once you get going, they will give you the best all-around experience.
I have a Harmony Elite, and I use it to control Disney+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Roku, my Samsung Smart TV, Samsung soundbar, and a whole bunch of smart home devices. I love it.
And there’s a nice segue into my Harmony Elite mini-review if I ever saw one …
#1. Best of the Best: Logitech Harmony Elite
If you didn’t jump down here from the link at the beginning of the article, you may have just read my little intro on Harmony remotes in the previous paragraph. I have no problem recommending Harmony as I have pretty much reviewed and tested all of their remotes over the past few years. The Logitech Harmony Elite is the one I use to control my devices, and it is the best of the best.
Sure, it’s pricey. But when you think about how much time we actually spend watching TV and controlling our media devices it’s worth it in my opinion. It has a cool LCD touchscreen that lets you set up activities and custom buttons like “Watch Disney+.”
Clicking the Watch Disney+ activity can be set to automatically turn on your TV, fire up your soundbar, change your smart lights to Iron-Man red, and launch the Disney+ home screen. Other Harmony remotes will also let you program activities like this, but none does it with the same level of flair as the Elite.
Not convinced? Check out my full review of the Harmony Elite here.
MJ’s HTG has a nice video demo of the Harmony Elite and companion Harmony app. I’ll embed it below:
Love the Storm Trooper tee, dude!
#2. Best for Roku: Harmony 950
At the #2 spot on my list of the best remotes for Disney+ is the Logitech Harmony 950. The 950 is a very similar remote to the Harmony Elite. In fact, the remote itself is identical. The main thing it won’t do is let you control your smart home devices.
So, in my watch Disney+ example up above ☝️, everything there will work except for your smart lights. Smart integration is achieved using a Harmony Hub. The Elite ships with the Hub, but the 950 does not.
You do get the cool LCD touchscreen with haptic feedback and the ability to control up to 15 entertainment devices. You don’t get smart home control, the ability to control devices behind cabinets, or integration with Alexa or Google Assistant. These all require the Hub, which contrary to popular belief, you can add on to the 950 later.
You can read my full comparison of Harmony Elite vs 950 here if you are interested in this option.
#3. Best for Fire TV: Harmony Smart Control
Harmony Elite and 950 will also let you control Amazon Fire TV, and they will do it beautifully. However, they are both a bit pricey, and I understand that you may not want to invest that much in a remote for Disney+. if you are looking for more of a budget option. Harmony Smart Control may be just the thing.
Functionally, it will do most of what the Harmony Elite and 950 will do. This includes support for activities, such as “Watch Disney+.” You just control the activity from a hard button on the remote instead of the cooler LCD-screen-menu option. You can also set up the same Watch Disney+ activity in the Companion smartphone app.
Like the Elite and 950, you can also set up to 50 favorite channels, and there is support for basic voice control commands using Alexa and Google Assistant. Yes, you can control both the Harmony Elite and Harmony Smart Control remotes using your voice. They also all include I almost forgot about that!
You can read my review of Harmony Smart Control here.
#4. Best for Apple TV: Caavo Control Center
Next up on my list of the best remotes for Disney+ is Caavo Control Center. Control Center offers a bit of different take on a universal remote and has some strengths and weaknesses over Harmony. You can read my review comparing Caavo with Harmony here. Industry gurus like iMore like the Caavo for control of Apple TV because it plays nice when you have multiple streaming services in the mix. This is apparently true of many Apple TV owners.
Where Caavo shines is in its search capability. When you search for a show or movie, like Finding Dory, for example, it will return a list of all streaming services that have that film. You can then choose Disney+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc. This can especially come in handy if you want to determine which service is charging for a movie or show and who has it for free. Control Center also supports limited voice control commands.
By the way, you can also control Apple TV with Harmony remotes.
#5. Best for Xbox and PlayStation 4: PDP
Gamers have had excellent luck using two remotes from PDP to control media including Disney+.
For Xbox One: PDP Talon Media Remote
For Xbox one, the PDP Talon Media remote is an affordable way to go. This remote is currently Amazon’s choice for controlling Xbox One, Blue-Ray, and Streaming media services such as Disney+.
Cam Shand does a nice job with his video review of the Talon remote:
Nice home theater set up man.
If you want to control more devices, integrate smart home tech, or control things with your voice, go with a Harmony remote instead.
You can read the Amazon reviews here.
For Playstation 4: PlayStation Media Remote
My choice—and also currently Amazon’s choice—for a Playstation media remote is the PDP Bluetooth Enabled Media Remote Control. This is a solid budget choice for controlling Disney+ using PS4.
Cord Cutters News has a nice video demo of the remote:
PlayStation gamers who own this remote love it for streaming. However, there are some complaints about battery life, so pick up some rechargeable batteries if you plan to get this remote.
Best Remotes for Disney+ – What Do You Think?
So what do you think about my picks for the best remotes for Disney+?
Are you already a Disney+ subscriber—or are you still mulling it over? There really is a ton of great content out there for young and old alike.
While a universal remote certainly isn’t required, it can help to bring your whole entertainment experience together in a more enjoyable way.
I would love to get your thoughts on Disney+ and/or any of these remotes! Please write to me in the comment box below and let me know.
By the way, if you have kiddos watching Disney plus your remotes are bound to get dirty. Don’t miss this post I just wrote on how to clean and sanitize your remote controls. Oh, and here’s one about some of the smaller streaming media services out there. And another about some great remote apps for your Android device.
In the meantime, enjoy The Mandalorian — and Baby Yoda [so cute]!
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