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Why Can’t I Play Disney Plus on My Projector?


As you probably already know, Disney Plus is a subscription-based streaming service that is run by the Media and Entertainment Distribution division of the extremely famous Walt Disney Company.

This very popular streaming service mainly distributes films and television made by Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television.

People who choose to subscribe to this service will be able to access dedicated content hubs that are specifically intended for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and the Star brand; that is definitely a lot of high-quality content for the whole family right there.

The Benefits of Disney Plus

One of the best things about having a subscription to Disney Plus is that you are going to be able to watch pretty much anything from this amazing company; that includes an endless list of well-produced movies and cartoons that both kids and adults can enjoy.

Disney Plus is especially beneficial to people who have kids because it provides them with wholesome content that is sure to keep them entertained for hours on end.

Of course, you do not necessarily have to have kids to enjoy Disney Plus since there is plenty of high-quality content that people of any age can enjoy there.

A big benefit of Disney Plus that should definitely be considered is that despite all the exceptional content that comes with the service, the monthly subscription cost is very low.

In fact, it is quite surprising to see what Disney charges for this streaming service, but we are not complaining about that at all!

When Something Goes Wrong

Of course, if you are paying for your Disney Plus subscription on a regular basis, you expect it to run smoothly whenever you want to watch your favorite films or other content.

But what happens when something goes wrong? For example, you might be trying to watch Disney Plus on a projector and realize that it is just not working no matter what you try.

When someone is trying to play Disney Plus on a projector without much luck, they will find themselves wondering why they just can’t watch their favorite cartoons or movies. What can possibly be causing this?

First, take a deep breath, this problem is more common than you might think and a lot of people deal with such issues from time to time. There are various things that could be causing the particular problem that you are having and we are going to take a look at them here.

Possible Issues

If you cannot play Disney Plus on your projector, the issue usually has nothing to do with the projector itself. The issue most likely lies with the content itself such as the specific movie or cartoon that you are trying to watch.

Despite the fact that Disney does not state that it makes it difficult or outright impossible for people to play their content on projectors, some experts believe that that is precisely what happens in practice.

One of the possible reasons is a big concern with piracy.

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Something that is very telling is that this sort of thing does not just happen with Disney Plus but with other big-name subscription services as well. For example, quite a few people who subscribe to Netflix have reported going through the same thing.

As you might expect, this other subscription service does not fess up to intentionally making it difficult for people to watch some of its content on projectors or otherwise. Whether that really is the case or not remains to be seen, but many people feel that it is.

Another possible cause has to do with HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content) compliance.

HDCP Compliance

Let’s face it, piracy is a huge deal to Disney as well as other big media companies. The fact of the matter is that piracy takes a big chunk out of possible profits and that is why companies go out of their way to prevent it as much as possible.

One of the tools at Disney’s disposal to prevent piracy is HDCP compliance. Basically the cable or port on your projector may not be HDCP compliant. If that is the case, this is why you are not able to play Disney Plus on your projector.

The company responsible for licensing these devices so that they are HDCP compliant is Intel. This is done to ensure that there is no copying going on that people would then be able to produce in large quantities and then distribute.

It is not exactly perfect, but it is used to prevent as much piracy as possible.

The content that you normally stream from Disney Plus should be able to pass through your device’s port and/or cable perfectly assuming that it is HDCP compliant. So what can you do if that content simply cannot be played?

Possible Solutions

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Now that you know that content from Disney Plus requires your projector’s port and cable to be HDCP compliant for it to get through just like you want it to, we can consider a few things that you can do to rectify the situation.

  • If you are like most people who subscribe to Disney Plus, you are probably using an HDMI cable. If this HDMI cable is what is causing the problem, you are going to want to look into buying a different one. We suggest not going cheap with HDMI cables as that can significantly impact the quality that you end up with.
  • Of course, before you go out and buy a new HDMI cable, you will certainly want to make sure that the issue is not the port that you happen to be using on your device. The quickest and simplest way to do this is to try different ports on your projector. If that was the issue, a different port should work just fine.
  • If you find that neither getting a new HDMI cable nor changing ports helps, you might want to consider simply watching Disney Plus on a TV instead. This is not the best of solutions, especially if you bought your projector with the specific intention of watching content from this service with it, but it must be considered.

In Conclusion

There is no doubt that using a projector to stream content is very enjoyable, especially when we are talking about content from a high-quality streaming service like Disney Plus. However, when things go wrong it can be very frustrating.

Keep in mind that there might not be anything wrong with your projector at all. The issue might well be that Disney Plus is making it difficult for you to stream the content in question on a projector.

Even if they do not like to admit it, Disney Plus and other streaming services are not very receptive to people watching their content on big screens such as the ones that are commonly used with projectors since there are piracy and licensing issues to be considered.

We hope that one of our solutions works for you and you are finally able to watch the content that you want to watch on your projector.


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