You can ask Google to play your favorite Disney Plus shows and movies on your smart display. Google says all “Google Assistant-enabled” smart displays will support the feature, which should include similar devices from JBL and Lenovo. Content can be started with a voice command, such as “Hey Google, play ‘The Mandalorian’ on Disney Plus.”
Streaming Disney Plus on Google smart displays was possible in the past using the Chromecast-enabled Disney Plus app on another device to “cast” a TV show or film to the display. Now, it can be done directly from the smart display itself. You can use a voice command to start a piece of content playing, and Google says that the smart display’s touchscreen can be used to pause and resume playback, as well as skipping forwards and backwards.
You can also stream anytime on your Android TV or cast Disney Plus from your compatible mobile device to your Assistant-enabled devices by opening the streaming service’s mobile app and tapping the Cast icon.
This isn’t the first streaming update Google’s added this year. Netflix came to smart displays in July, while Zoom and Meet group calling also made their way to smart displays this summer. That’s in addition to other smart display updates like better broadcasting, multiroom audio and visual games like Jeopardy.
In order to enable the functionality, Google says you’ll need to link a Disney Plus account in the Google Home or Assistant app. It’s available in the US, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand starting today, and Google says Disney Plus will roll out to more regions in the coming months.