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Disney+ has made a particularly bad UI choice for their Roku channel.

I just set up the Disney+ channel on my Roku. I was expecting the usual login process for a Roku channel—log into my account in a mobile or desktop browser, get a relatively short numeric code, and then enter that into the Roku channel to get it registered to my account.

What Disney+ has decided to do instead is to force me to log in on the Roku with my username and password. Typing out an email address by navigating an on-screen keyboard via the arrow buttons on the remote is bad enough; doing the same for a 100-digit, randomly generated password is torture.

I hate these sorts of decisions. They encourage people to use short, non-complex password, and unnecessarily punish those of us who rely on password managers.

Nonetheless, I’m now off to watch The Mandalorian.

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