If enough of us contact Amazon customer support and suggest that we will switch to a Roku streaming device - or some other option - if Disney+ is not available to us on Nov. 12th, they may feel more of an incentive to figure out a way to play nice with Walt Disney Co. Maybe?
Well since roku dd the same thing as amazon i don't know if that is much of a threat. I think the better thing to do is threaten disney. After all disney is a new service. we all have gone through our whole lives without disney plus. What is another few months while they straighten it out. Disney also owns hulu and that streaming service can be threatened also. Since disney is a new service they are going to want to brag about how many they signed up so quickly.
It is likely that Disney and Amazon will work things out in order to get Disney+ on the Fire TV. They have intended to support Fire TV, having shown it in an image of supported devices in an investor meeting and stating that they want the service to be "supported by all major devices that stream video." Plus this isn't at the "Google vs Amazon" level on disputes as Disney is still maintaining Hulu on Fire TV and just announced that they are working on 4K support on the Fire TV. While it may not be available at launch, I expect it will be there within a couple of months.
Figure it out Amazon. I like your hardware but your content lacks. That's fine because I can use your hardware to get to my Netflix, HBO, and hulu.
We prepaid for Disney and plan to use it. Last time I checked roku could do all your things and I'll dust my old one off and head that direction. Or maybe I'll use our xbox one.
Either way this means you'll sell less movie rentals and TV seasons from us. This means we'll play/buy less video games from your app store. This means I'll be more likely to check out and invest in Google hardware to replace my amazon hardware that isn't as useful to me.
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While I may own a number of firesticks I also own several Samsung high end smart TV’s. Generally speaking, neither FireTV or Roku is required to watch much of anything you can't get from the TV apps like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu etc. I use them mostly for convenience and honestly, I never use most of the additional apps that Samsung doesn’t have. From my understanding most people use the sticks for TV’s that are not smart or smart TV’s that have failed to keep up the apps (Samsung notorious for that). While I’m perturbed by the Amazon/Disney dispute I’m more so at Disney for the lame device offering. The way I see it they are shooting themselves in the foot by NOT having support for Samsung, LG or Vizio smart TV’s which make up the vast majority of all TV’s. Of course, Sony is not even mentioned. I could care less about all the phone, tablet and game console options.
Disney+ will likely be compatible with Apple TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Android TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, Web Browsers, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Disney+ will likely not compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Nintendo, Samsung Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV, and LG Smart TV.
Just enable the developer options on your FireTV and side load the Android version of the Disney Plus app if Amazon does not want to offer it through their app store and it's legal as you are only utilizing the tools provided to you on the Firetv.
Wasn't going to cave and buy another device just to view Disney+ but now that I am eligible for the recently announced 1 free year for Verizon Wireless Unlimited customers I am not going to burn the free year waiting on "the children" to get along. Probably buy another "stick" to use for Disney+ now. At least what I save in subscription fees for that first year will offset the cost of the competitor's device that supports Disney+. Sigh......
Amazon is not "taking a loss to carry a competing product". The problem is that Amazon wants to sell a “substantial percentage of the ad space on Disney apps”.
As I said before, if Disney gives in to Amazon, this could set a dangerous president with other providers (like Roku) who will see that if Amazon gets advertising revenue from Disney, they will start asking for it also. If Amazon is successful, this disagreement could carry over to Disney's other streaming apps, including Hulu, ESPN+, and its suite of TV Everywhere apps. This would not be good for consumers (like us).
Looks like I wasted money upgrading to Fire 4K when I should have bought Chromecast. I signed up for the three year deal for Disney Plus. Very disappointed that no deal has been struck and DP kicks off in just 17 days.
Amazon is in business to make money. They aren't going to take a loss carrying a competing streaming service.
Amazon already hosts competing streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Funimation Now, Showtime, CBS All Access, HBO Max (when it launches), etc.. Which would mean there are taking a loss by hosting these services. If anything they would be taking a bigger loss by not carrying Disney Plus since it will possess hours of content and the fact that several people have already pre-signed for (including myself).