Parents' Guide to

DisneyNOW - Shows & Live TV

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Disney Channel faves plus branded games; lots of ads.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Dull, and better to use Hulu or Netflix for Disney than this

Content may vary on show or movie.
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+

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 figured out how to change the profile settings to allow all content. There was no way to set up a password to block this. There is a lot of violent stuff on the DisneyXD part, such as superhero shows with lots of fighting, and we don't allow that for our kids. So I went back to the Disney Junior app, and removed DisneyNOW, and we have parental controls on our TV to prevent the kids from adding new channel apps. If Disney had better parental controls, I would get this channel app again. There are a lot of ads, but I don't mind that as much as I mind the violence of some of the programming.

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Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (5):

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.

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