How to Watch Disney XD Without Cable

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Disney XD is a wonderful channel for your tweens. Most of the live TV streaming services offer it one way or another. Read on to learn all your options.

In a hurry? These are our top choices for Disney XD streaming:

  • Hulu + Live TV: Provides the whole lineup of Disney channels as well as Disney+ and lots more.
  • Sling TV: The Sling Orange plan offers the base Disney Channel and you can add the rest with little cost. Save 50% on your first month of Sling TV.
  • FuboTV: Get a huge collection of 110+ channels that are sure to please the whole family. FuboTV allows you to try out its service free for 7 days.

Disney XD is Disney’s attempt at a channel targeting older children (roughly 6 to 14). So if you have a fan of Gravity Falls (it’s kind of like an animated tween X-Files) living under your roof, here’s how they can watch it while spending you less.

What Is Disney XD

Disney rebranded Toon Disney/Jetix as Disney XD in 2009. Because Disney Channel tended to skew towards a female audience, Disney geared XD toward boys, with original series Aaron Stone, Kid vs. Kat, and Jimmy Two-Shoes.

In 2018, Disney began moving XD’s original series back to the main Disney Channel. These days, the channel airs mostly reruns, with only a handful of original series.

Disney XD Programming

Disney XD’s current original series are:

  • GOAT: A live-action talking goat hosts a search for the best viral videos.
  • Eye Wonder: Now you see it, now you don’t! Dive into mystifying magic, illusion, and special effects.
  • Roman to the Rescue: From YouTube distributor The Dodo, 10-year-old Roman McConn partners with various social media influencers to help shelter dogs get adopted.

Other popular series, old and new:

  • Gravity Falls: Tween twins Dipper and Mabel go to stay with their great uncle in Gravity Falls for the summer and discover the town is a hotbed of paranormal activity.
  • Big City Greens: Animated fish-out-of-water comedy about a family that moves from a big farm in the country to a small farm in Big City (no, really, that’s what the city’s called).
  • Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things: Clips of animals doing cute and/or funny stuff, hosted by Howie Mandel. 
  • Phineas & Ferb: Precocious stepbrothers and best friends Phineas and Ferb take summer shenanigans to the next level with their outrageous endeavors, while their older sister Candace is consistently foiled in her efforts to bust them. Also, their secret-agent pet platypus is the only one standing between a local mad scientist and his efforts to take over the Tri-State Area.

Related Channels

In addition to the classic characters and stories, Disney has also assimilated Pixar, ABC, Marvel, Star Wars, the 20th Century half of Fox, half of National Geographic, ESPN, and A+E (which in turn owns A&E, History, Lifetime, and Vice). This means that a lot of TV channels are owned partially or completely by the Mouse House.

Obviously, there’s Disney XD’s direct sister channels: The Disney Channel, and Disney Junior. But there’s also the ABC-owned Freeform (formerly The Family Channel), FX (and FXM and FXX), National Geographic, and National Geographic Wild.

There’s also non-Disney entertainment for kids on Nickelodeon and its spin-offs (including TeenNick for older kids), Discovery Family, PBS Kids, Universal Kids, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and the more obscure Kartoon Channel, Kids Street, PlayKids, pocket.watch, and Ryan & Friends.

DIRECTV STREAM - Disney XD
DIRECTV STREAM with Disney XD.

Stream Disney XD

The only live TV streaming service that does not offer Disney XD is Philo. But it does offer a lot of other kids channels. Otherwise, you have lots of choices:

  • Sling TV: So the bad news with Sling TV is that Disney-owned channels are only available on Sling Orange, which means you can only watch on one device at a time. Disneys XD and Junior come with the Kids Extra, an additional add-on. The good news is that Sling Orange is only $35/mo, includes ESPN and Freeform, and the Kids Extra is just $6/mo more on top of that. The Kids Extra also has Boomerang, TeenNick, NickToons, and some preschool/baby channels. (Sling TV review)
  • Hulu + Live TV: Includes 85+ live channels with its iconic on-demand library, Disney+, and ESPN+ for $69.99/mo. Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Channel, Freeform, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Universal Kids are all in the base package. You need need to upgrade with the Entertainment Add-on ($7.99/mo) if you want TeenNick, NickToons, and Discovery Family. (Hulu + Live TV review)
  • FuboTV: Sports-heavy Fubo TV has a respectable number of family/kids channels, including Disney XD, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Universal Kids, Freeform, and NatGeo in the 100+ channel Pro package ($69.99/mo). Take it to the next level (Elite, $79.99) for TeenNick, NickMusic, NickToons, and NatGeo Wild. Both plans come with 1,000 hours of cloud DVR storage and simultaneous streaming on 10 devices. (FuboTV review)
  • DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV): Has over 75 channels in its base Entertainment package ($69.99/mo), including Disney XD, The Disney Channel, TeenNick, Freeform, Cartoon Network, PBS Kids, and lots more. Plus you get unlimited DVR storage and streaming on up to 20 devices. (DIRECTV STREAM review)
  • Vidgo: Offers a similar kids lineup for its $59.95/mo Plus plan: Disney XD, The Disney Channel, Freeform, Nick, TeenNick, and NatGeo. It also has a much wider range of channels with content for the whole family: classic sitcoms, old Westerns, and feel-good Hallmark movies. Does not offer a DVR at this time. (Vidgo review)
  • YouTube TV: Carries a lot of the same channels as DIRECTV STREAM, but for slightly less: $64.99/mo. Its base package includes Disney XD, TeenNick, NickToons, Nick, Freeform, The Disney Channel, Universal Kids, NatGeo, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.

On-Demand

  • Disney Now: Using the Disney Now app or website is another way to watch shows and movies from Disney XD, The Disney Channel, and Disney Junior on a different platform, like your computer or phone. It requires a TV provider login, however.
  • Hulu: Disney saves the best stuff for Disney+, so poor Hulu gets left with just a handful: Roman to the Rescue (the only current series), Gravity Falls, Kick Buttowski, Wander Over Yonder, Pickle and Peanut, Future-Worm, and Zeke and Luthor. (Hulu review)
  • Purchase: There’s always the option to just straight up buy TV shows and episodes. Digital purchases don’t even take up room on your shelf or your hard drive. Disney titles are available at Vudu, YouTube, Google Play Movies, the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon Prime Video, and other online media stores.

Streaming Devices to Watch Disney XD Live

All the streaming services discussed above provide apps for the most devices in use today:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android mobile
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • iOS (iPhone,iPad)
  • Roku
  • Web browsers.

Android TV-powered devices are near-universally supported (exception: DIRECTV STREAM). The same goes for Samsung smart TVs (exception: Vidgo).

DIRECTV STREAM offers its own device that you can purchase directly. Other than Vidgo and DIRECTV STREAM, all the services support Xbox gaming consoles. PlayStation units are supported by Hulu and YouTube. And the Nintendo Switch can be used with Hulu.

These are only the most popular devices supported. See our streaming reviews for more.

Wrapping Up

So even if you have a fan of Amphibia, who is, like, going to totally die if she can’t see how it all ends this year, you don’t have to give it up to your cable company. Just sign up for one of the services discussed above and you’ll be streaming Kick Buttowski in no time.

We recommend Hulu + Live TV for those looking for Disney XD.

FAQs

What does the XD in Disney XD stand for?

In a 2009 interview, then-head of Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh said, “It [XD] doesn’t stand for anything.” He noted that the letter X has various “cool” associations for kids, like marking treasure on a map or representing the unknown. He encouraged audiences to create their own interpretations. Some have also observed that XD is an emoticon for laughter, with the “X” as eyes squinted or closed and the “D” an open, laughing mouth.

How do I watch other TV channels besides Disney XD without cable?

These guides explain all you need to know:

Alanna Baker

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