How to Easily Stream Disney+ Movies and Shows on Discord with Friends

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Hey there! Have you ever wanted to get together with friends online and watch Disney+ movies together? Maybe you used to have Disney movie nights before moving away for school or work. Or there‘s a new Marvel show you‘re dying to see but don‘t want to watch alone.

Well I‘ve got great news for you – it‘s totally possible to stream Disney+ video on Discord to recreate those virtual viewing parties!

In this step-by-step guide, I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know to share your screen on Discord and stream Disney+ content. We‘ll cover:

  • How Discord screen sharing works
  • The legality of streaming Disney+ movies
  • Setting up Discord and Disney+ for streaming
  • Optimizing performance for the best quality
  • Troubleshooting any issues that arise
  • Alternatives for group streaming sessions

So grab your favorite movie snack and let‘s get started – it‘s Disney streaming time!

How Does Screen Sharing on Discord Work?

Discord is first and foremost a chat app for gaming communities and friends. But it has a super useful feature called "Go Live" that lets you broadcast your screen to others in a voice channel.

This works similar to a Zoom screen share. Anything displayed on your monitor is streamed over Discord‘s servers to your friends in real-time.

You can choose to share your full display or just a specific app window like Disney+. Up to 50 people can watch the stream in 720p quality (or 1080p with Discord Nitro).

Under the hood, Discord encodes and compresses your screen as a video stream. This allows it to be transmitted efficiently to other users. Discord recommends an upload speed of at least 3-4 Mbps for smooth performance.

So in summary, Discord‘s screen sharing feature makes it possible to stream Disney+ video to your friends!

Now you might be wondering – is this actually allowed? Can I get in trouble with Disney for sharing movies on Discord?

The short answer is: it‘s against Discord‘s terms of service, but lots of people do it anyway.

Discord‘s acceptable use policy prohibits sharing illegal or copyrighted material without permission. This includes pirated movies as well as streaming licensed services like Disney+, Netflix, HBO, and others.

But Discord rarely bans or takes action against small personal streams between friends. The bigger risk is on the Disney+ side – they can terminate your account for unauthorized sharing.

To avoid any issues, I recommend using a VPN (virtual private network) when streaming Disney+. This masks your streaming activity and IP address from Disney‘s content distribution network.

While joining a sketchy public Discord server to mass stream movies is a bad idea, Disney likely won‘t go after you for a movie night with a few friends. Just something to be aware of!

Alright, now that we‘ve got that out of the way, let‘s move on to the fun stuff – actually getting set up to stream Disney+!

Step 1: Make Sure Screen Sharing is Enabled

Before you can share your screen, the server admin first needs to enable the "Go Live" permission. This gives members the ability to broadcast video to voice channels.

As the server owner:

  1. Open Discord and click the server name at the top left
  2. Select Server Settings from the menu
  3. Click Roles on the left side panel
  4. Choose the role you want to allow screen sharing for (like @everyone)
  5. Toggle the Screen Share permission to blue/on

Voila! Now anyone with that role can share their screen, ideal for Disney+ movie nights.

Step 2: Share Your Full Screen or Just the Browser Window

Once screen sharing is enabled, you have a couple options for starting your Disney+ stream:

Full Screen – Shares everything displayed on your monitor. This lets you easily switch between apps and windows during the stream. But others would see notifications, DMs, etc.

Application Window – Shares only a specific app window. Choose your web browser running Disney+ here for a focused stream. Less distractions, but you lose easy app switching.

I prefer full screen for movie nights since I can have Discord, Netflix, Disney+, and chat windows open to toggle between. But application window is more private if you‘re only sharing Disney+.

Step 3: Disable Hardware Acceleration in Your Browser

Now here‘s an important setting you HAVE to change, or else you‘ll just get a black screen when trying to share Disney+.

Inside your web browser, there‘s a feature called hardware acceleration that uses your graphics card to improve performance. The problem is it prevents capturing and sharing protected video streams.

So you need to disable hardware acceleration in either Chrome or Firefox before streaming Disney+:


  1. Click the 3 dot menu > Settings
  2. Scroll down to Advanced and open System
  3. Uncheck "Use hardware acceleration when available"


  1. Click the 3 line menu > Options
  2. Select Performance and uncheck "Use recommended performance settings"
  3. Uncheck "Use hardware acceleration when available"

After disabling hardware acceleration, you‘ll be able to share your Disney+ video perfectly! Just remember to re-enable it later for normal browsing.

Step 4: Tweak Your Discord Stream Settings

To get the best streaming quality possible, you can adjust a few settings in Discord‘s options menu:

  1. Click the gear icon in the bottom left
  2. Select Voice & Video on the left sidebar

From here, you can tweak:

  • Resolution – Higher resolutions like 1080p require a faster internet connection but look crisper. 720p works well for most.

  • Frame Rate – Higher FPS makes motion look smoother but takes more bandwidth. 30 FPS is fine in most cases.

  • Bitrate – This controls image quality. 100-150kbps provides a good balance for smooth Disney+ streaming.

Don‘t hesitate to test different values to optimize for your internet speed. The default settings work fine otherwise.

Step 5: Connect to a VPN for Added Privacy

An optional but highly recommended step is to use a VPN (virtual private network) when streaming Disney+ movies on Discord.

A VPN encrypts all your internet traffic and masks your real IP address. This prevents Disney+ from detecting your stream and taking potential action against your account.

Some top VPN choices for streaming are NordVPN, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, and Private Internet Access. Just connect to a fast server near your location before jumping on the Discord call.

While not 100% required, a VPN gives peace of mind when streaming restricted content like Disney+ over Discord. Better safe than sorry!

Step 6: Join a Voice Channel and Start Your Stream!

Once your browser, Discord, and optionally VPN are configured, you‘re all ready to start streaming Disney+!

  1. Launch the Discord app and join a Voice Channel
  2. Click the "Go Live" button at the bottom of the screen
  3. Select to share your entire display or just your web browser
  4. A countdown timer will appear before your stream goes live
  5. Now just head to Disney+ in your browser and start playing a movie!

And voila – you‘re now streaming Disney+ over Discord for all your friends to watch. Enjoy the show!

Troubleshooting Black Screens and Other Issues

Even when set up correctly, you might run into some glitches like black screens when sharing Disney+. Here are some common problems and how to fix them:

Can‘t Select Screen Share – If the screen share button is greyed out, make sure the server has permissions enabled and you‘re in a voice channel. If that doesn‘t work, try reopening Discord.

Only a Black Screen Appears – Double check that hardware acceleration is disabled in your browser settings. If it is, try a different browser or restart your computer.

No Sound from the Stream – In Discord, check that you are sharing computer audio under the Go Live menu. If audio isn‘t working, try changing Discord‘s output device.

Video Freezes or Lags – Close any other processor heavy programs during your stream. If it‘s still laggy, reduce bitrate/resolution or connect your computer directly to the router with Ethernet.

Can‘t Load Disney+ Website – Some ISPs block Disney+, so try using a VPN to bypass these restrictions. If no VPN, see if you can access Disney+ from your phone‘s cellular data or another WiFi network.

Disney+ Detects Stream – Using a VPN helps avoid blocks from Disney‘s content distribution network. You may also get banned after several blocked streams, so use a VPN whenever streaming from Disney+ to stay safe.

Other Performance Issues – Make sure no other devices are hogging your internet bandwidth during the stream. Restarting your computer and router can also help improve conditions for streaming.

With a little testing and tweaking, you should be able to resolve any problems that come up!

While Discord is handy, there are a couple authorized ways to stream Disney+ with a group:

  • GroupWatch – Disney‘s official co-viewing feature for up to 7 friends. Streams stay in sync and you can react and chat while watching.

  • Teleparty – Browser extension that synchronizes Disney+ and Netflix playback for remote parties. Also has group chat.

  • Scener – Browser add-on that lets you co-watch Netflix or Disney+ content together in video chat.

  • Amazon Watch Parties – For Prime Video subscribers. Host synchronized movie nights for up to 100 participants.

These provide a convenient way to enjoy Disney+ with others remotely. The main limitation is that everyone needs their own subscription to participate.

Let the Disney+ Streaming Begin!

And there you have it! Everything you need to know to successfully stream Disney+ movies, shows, and other content through Discord.

From optimizing performance to fixing playback issues, you can now host virtual movie nights and watch parties to enjoy Disney+ with friends online.

While sharing restricted content on Discord exists in a legal grey area, take appropriate precautions and streaming with small groups seems reasonably safe.

Now go enjoy that new Marvel series, latest Pixar film, or classic Disney animation together with others virtually. The world of Disney awaits on Discord!

Let me know if you have any other questions!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.