DisneyNOW - Shows & Live TV

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Disney Channel faves plus branded games; lots of ads.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Many of the TV shows and movies emphasize friendship and standing up for what you believe in. The games support problem-solving, creativity, and logic. 

Ease of Play

Once the app is set up, kids will easily navigate to find their favorite games and TV shows. 


The content will vary over time, but expect some of the shows to depict mild violence using weapons (e.g., the sword-fighting scene in Descendants 2). Many of the movies and games include monsters. Some of the programming includes bullying and other mean behaviors as part of the plot.


This will vary based on available content, but expect to see examples of teen dating (including holding hands and light kissing), as well as romantic plotlines. 


This varies based on the content available, but expect some mean behavior/language and the use of words like "stupid" and "butt."


While there are no in-app purchases, advertising is prevalent, similar to what you would see watching any of the Disney Channel properties. In particular, expect to see ads for movies and toys.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DisneyNOW - Shows & Live TV is the Disney Channel companion app with content from Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, and Radio Disney, as well as branded games. Parents can create profiles for each child with the child's favorite content. They can also limit content to Disney Junior, but there is no parent gate on the settings, so kids may figure out how to change this on their own. TV shows and movies are the same as you'd expect on the cable channels and will have some mild violence (orchestrated fights, mean behavior, monsters), teen dating, and romance. Access to TV shows and movies requires a separate cable subscription. The games (which can also be limited to Disney Junior-related content) are based on Disney Channel franchises. The content changes regularly, so parents may want to keep an eye on what is available at any given time. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byBinge W. August 7, 2018
Adult Written byA B March 4, 2018

No parental control; too many ads

I had to remove the DisneyNOW channel app because there was no way to limit it to Disney Junior only. My children are 7, 5, and 3, and the 7-year-old easily fi... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 11, 2018

On but not great

It takes a long time just to get into the app. Needs almost perfect wifi. No inappropriate things on here. It's a pretty get all but I wish they would fix... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old November 4, 2020

What's it about?

DISNEYNOW - SHOWS & LIVE TV allows kids to enjoy their favorite Disney Channel (as well as Disney Junior, Disney XD, and Radio Disney) content on the go. There's a wide range of TV shows and movies, as well as curated selections like holiday content. Kids can even find extras like the "As Told by Emoji" videos. There are plenty of older shows as well as all the new favorites, and the offerings do change over time. To access their favorites more quickly, kids can create their own list. Some cable providers also include access to live content. DisneyNOW - Shows & Live TV includes dozens of games based on popular franchises in a range of genres, including puzzle, cooking, endless runner, and so forth. There are also a few creative endeavors, like a coloring game and one that invites kids to put together their own Bizaardvark video. 

Is it any good?

For kids who are huge Disney Channel fans, this collection of TV shows, movies, and games is pretty close to nirvana. DisneyNOW - Shows & Live TV allows kids to continue to enjoy their favorite content without monopolizing the family TV. Moreover, they can extend their play into games and creative activities featuring their favorite characters. The app isn't without pitfalls, though. The advertising feels heavy-handed at times, especially when it comes to younger players, and the settings should really include an appropriate parent gate to keep little ones from switching from Disney Junior to Disney XD. In the end, the success of the app in your family will likely match your feelings about Disney Channel programming to begin with. It's an easy-to-navigate experience, so if you can't bear to listen to one more episode of Jessie, this colorful and jam-packed app might just save your sanity. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about respect. Are the characters in DisneyNOW - Shows & Live TV respectful to each other? How can you tell? What are the rules in your own house around respect?

  • What makes a good friend? How do you show your friends that you care about them? Has a friend ever done something unkind to you?

  • Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?

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