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When the original Star Wars came out in 1977, it changed movies for ever. The then-revolutionary special effects and the perfectly paced story combined to create something new and unexpected that still felt classic. To steal the movie's opening lines, Star Wars managed to feel like it had come from “a galaxy far, far away,” while also feeling like something timeless from “a long time ago.” More than 40 years later, that original movie (now called Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) has spawned a vast universe of sequels, prequels, TV show spin-offs, and more (not to mention a whole lot of merchandising). There's so much Star Wars to watch these days! But where can you watch Star Wars online? Where should Star Wars fans turn to check out their favorite Star Wars movies and TV shows without having to go buy Blu-Ray discs or subscribe to cable or satellite? That's what we're here to talk about! Here's where to stream Star Wars movies and TV shows right now.
Here is our favorite way to stream Star Wars:
When we talk about where to stream Star Wars content, the conversation starts with the first item on our list below: Disney+. Disney promises that Disney+ will be the “forever home” of all Star Wars content. That presumably means that other streaming services, like Netflix and even Disney-controlled Hulu, will be out of luck on the Star Wars front. However, our list doesn't end with Disney+! That's because Star Wars' homecoming isn't finished yet, and there are still other streaming services that — for now, at least — offer Star Wars films on demand. There are also marketplace-style streaming services that will allow fans to rent or buy Star Wars movies as digital copies; we'll cover those, too!
It is also worth noting that Lucasfilm has previously put out Star Wars series on network TV, most recently on Disney-owned networks like Disney Channel. You can always watch Disney Channel and other Disney-owned networks live by using a live TV streaming service like Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, or YouTube TV. With that said, Disney appears to be closing up shop on network Star Wars shows. Some are finishing their runs this year (2019). Others, like Star Wars: The Clone Wars (which original aired on Cartoon Network and finished its most recent season on Netflix way back in 2014) are being given new life as Disney+ streaming exclusives.
Alright, enough prologue — on to the list!
Stream Star Wars for free with Disney+
Disney+ exists because Disney owns so much great content — including, thanks to its earlier acquisition of Lucasfilm, all things Star Wars. So it makes sense that the Star Wars franchise figures prominently in Disney+'s offerings. You'll be able to find every Star Wars film on Disney+, as well as Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. On top of that, Disney+ is churning out all-new Star Wars content — most notably The Mandalorian, a new live-action series that has fans pretty fired up.
Disney is done signing contracts that let services besides Disney+ stream Star Wars content. But, happily for Netflix subscribers, the old contracts haven't run out just yet — meaning that, as of this writing and even for a while after Disney+'s big November 12th launch, there are and will be a few Star Wars movies on Netflix. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Solo: A Star Wars Story are all on Netflix as of this writing. At some point after Disney+ launches, these old contracts will end and all of this Star Wars content will flee Netflix for Disney+, so enjoy it while you can, Netflix fans!
Disney isn't about to let Amazon stream Star Wars movies and TV shows on its Amazon Prime Video on-demand service. But Amazon fans can still enjoy Star Wars in their favorite app — as long as they're willing to pay a little for it. Amazon's video marketplace is one of the several options that viewers have for renting or buying digital copies of Star Wars movies and TV show episodes.
Apple is using its Apple TV branding on a lot of things these days. Here, we're talking about Apple's digital video marketplace. Apple is in the process of killing off iTunes (RIP) and is now calling its video marketplace Apple TV (the same name that it uses for its streaming hardware and its streaming subscription hub). You can rent and buy digital copies of Star Wars films and TV show episodes on Apple TV. (Some platforms will still use iTunes while Apple makes the transition.)
Google Play offers a digital video marketplace, too. Like its competitors, it includes Star Wars titles among those that fans can rent or purchase in digital form. As with all of these sorts of marketplaces, buying or renting a Star Wars flick will allow you to watch it on any compatible device.
Before Disney+ was announced, Disney was hard at work producing Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, an original animated series set in the Star Wars universe. The series was put out on Disney's YouTube page. Two seasons in, it's not clear what the fate of this show will be in a post-Disney+ world, but the existing episodes are still available on YouTube. You can watch them all with a free YouTube account, so there's no need to invest in ad-free YouTube Premium or live TV streaming service YouTube TV — though you are free to do so if you'd like!
It's great that you can stream Star Wars movies and TV shows, but there are still big questions to ask here — like about which devices you can use to stream all of this Star Wars goodness. Good news: you have a ton of options for streaming Star Wars movies and TV shows on convenient devices and in any spot from your living room to a galaxy far, far away (as long as that galaxy has Wi-Fi).
The most important service to worry about here is Disney+. Happily, Disney+ supports a wide range of streaming devices. Disney+ supports Roku, Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, and desktop and laptop computers (via an in-browser app) — plus, for all you gamers, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 devices.
What about those other options we gave you for watching Star Wars movies and TV shows online? Let's run down the list platform by platform.
Roku users, you can enjoy Star Wars movies online with Netflix, Amazon Video, Apple TV, Google Play, and YouTube.
Fire TV fans, you can get Netflix, Amazon Video, Apple TV, and YouTube.
Android TV users can get Netflix, Amazon Video, Apple TV, Google Play, and YouTube.
Apple TV supports Netflix, Amazon Video, Apple TV, and YouTube.
Mobile users get pretty comprehensive support: both iOS and Android devices can use Netflix, Amazon Video, Google Play, and YouTube. iOS users can also us Apple TV.
Finally, you can easily watch Star Wars movies online on your computer using the in-browser apps and/or desktop apps available for Netflix, Amazon Video, Google Play, Apple TV, and YouTube.
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