Disney Channels Worldwide
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Disney Channels Worldwide (officially ABC Cable Networks Group, Inc.) is a subsidiary of Disney-ABC Television Group, a unit of Disney Media Networks, the division of The Walt Disney Company that operates various children's television channels around the world: Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Dlife and Hungama TV. In addition, the division is responsible for operating Radio Disney and Disney Television Animation.
Disney Channel was originally established in the United States in April 1983 as a premium cable channel, and has since converted to a basic service; in addition, Disney Channel's programming has expanded internationally with the launch of various country-specific and regional versions of the channel, as well as program licensing agreements reached with television networks not bearing the Disney Channel brand.
- 1 Africa
- 2 Asia & Pacific
- 3 Middle East, North Africa
- 4 Europe
- 5 The Americas
- 6 Disney Time
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Disney Channel South Africa is available in Southern Africa. It was launched on December 1, 2000. The channel is available in South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Disney Channel Ghana and Nigeria is available in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
Asia & Pacific
Over the first six months of 2005, Disney Channel Asia along with sister channel Playhouse Disney launched in Vietnam, Palau and Thailand and finishing off with a launch of both in Cambodia, its 11th market, with Cambodia Entertainment Production Co. Ltd. as distributor.
Australia & New Zealand
Disney Channel was recently launched a channel in mainland China [when?]. However, many of its live-action and animated series are still syndicated on regional channels through ABC owned Dragon Club since 1994. It also has a new website for China: dol.cn.
Previously, Disney programming was available through programming blocks starting as early as 1994 with Doordarshan then moving to Zee TV until the early 2001s. Disney moved its block to Sony Television for three years. Star TV pick up Disney TV blocks on Star One, Disney Time, and on Star Utsav.
In December 2004, Walt Disney Television International India launched a Toon Disney channel with three language feeds (English, Tamil and Telugu) at the same time as the Disney Channel with Star TV network distributing the channels. The Jetix Action Station block debut in June 2005 on Star One and was then broadcast at 7 to 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday in Hindi., Disney reached an agreement with Doordarshan (DD) in November 2005 for DD to carry a half hour block called Disney Jadoo. Thus Disney was up to 4 branded blocks in India.
Disney Channel was launched on September 9, 2009 and replaced Jetix.
"Disney Channel (Japan)" (ディズニー・チャンネル) is the Japanese version of Disney Channel. It was launched in 1993 as the original Asian version of Disney Channel with live feeds from New York City and London since 1995, and was originally broadcast in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mainland China and Taiwan until 1995, and The Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand until 1996. In 2003, Disney Channel Asia ceased transmissions in Japan to make way for the Japanese version of the channel.
Walt Disney Television International Japan made a major push into the Japanese market with the announcement in July 2003 of two entertainment services to be started. Disney BB, an online entertainment service, was launched on July 22, 2003 via NTT Disney Channel Japan launched on SKY PerfecTV and cable TV on November 18, 2003.
In April 2009, the Walt Disney Co., Ltd. Japan started Broadcast Satellite Disney Co., Ltd. to broadcast a women and family targeted channel, Dlife, with licensed received in October 2010 and debuted on March 17, 2012. In December 2013, Dlife launched a children's programming block called Disney Time.
Philippines (TV5 channel)
In the Philippines, Disney Channel programming is available on TV5, in the form of a program block. Originally, these were two separate blocks, with the morning block called Disney Clubhouse and the afternoon block called Disney Club. Disney Clubhouse and Disney Club merged and became a singular block under the Disney Club name, airing during the morning hours. The block launched on December 13, 2010, only three programs featured in the block are dubbed in Filipino. The block runs Monday–Fridays at 7:30 a.m., Saturdays at 6 a.m., and Sundays at 7 a.m. Disney Channel programming is also available in the country through Disney Channel Asia.
Disney Channel had formerly been available through Disney Channel Asia in Korea. Disney Channel Korea launched on April 11, 2011, following an agreement between Korean company SK Telecom and The Walt Disney Company to form a joint venture for operating all future Disney-branded channels. SK owns a 51% majority stake in the new company.
Disney Channel Taiwan was launched in late 1995 as a Chinese feed of Disney Channel UK. All programs on Disney Channel Taiwan are broadcast with Mandarin dubbing and/or subtitles, with the original audio available through Second Audio Program.
Disney Channel in Thailand was formerly a program block on TV5 from December 2006 to March 2008, the block then moved to NBT from April to July 2008. From July 2008 to May 2010, Disney Channel programming was not available in Thailand, until it returned as a separate channel but available only on cable and satellite. From October 17, Disney Channel Thailand will separate from the Asia channel
Middle East, North Africa
Disney Channel Middle East is broadcasts over the Orbit Showtime platform except where restricted by governmental restrictions disallowing access.
Netherlands & Flanders
Disney launched a completely new Disney Channel via the UPC Netherlands analog and digital cable service on October 3, 2009. The channel broadcasts a range of Disney series dubbed in Dutch. Only after 9.10 p.m., series are broadcast with Dutch subtitles. Since November 2009, the channel also broadcast in Belgium with a Flemish voice who performs announcements on Telenet Digital TV (digital cable) and Belgacom TV (IPTV). Disney Channel was launched on Ziggo's digital cable service on September 1, 2011; it was planned to launch on the Caiway digital cable service, but that did not occur.
In early 2012, Disney Channel began using the new Disney Channel logo, tune and promos adopted from Disney Channel U.S. and UK; the airtime of Dutch subtitles changed from 6 to 8 p.m. On August 16, 2012, Disney Channel was added to CanalDigitaal DVB-S TV on Astra 23.5 East, on channel 38 standard and on 66 scaled HD. In July 2013, the broadcast of subtitles on the channel moved from 8 to 9:30 p.m. with step of 9.10 p.m. and began ending at approximately 10:15 p.m. (after that, program content is again dubbed in Dutch). On Oktober 2013 Subtitled broadcasting is stoppen on midweek, only in the weekend from 21:20 to 22:50 our is Dutch subtitled content broadcasting.
Central and Eastern Europe
Disney Channel (Central and Eastern Europe) is composed of:
- Disney Channel Bulgaria, Romania
Disney Channel was launched on April 29, 2007 and is available on Teledünya on channel 169 and on Digiturk on channel 167. All cartoons, movies and live-action shows seen on the channel are dubbed in Turkish.
Russia and CIS
Disney Channel launched on August 10, 2010 in Russia, replacing Jetix. Disney Channel (Канал Disney) launched on December 31, 2011, the channel replaced Semyorka in the CIS.
Germany Austria & Switzerland
Disney Channel was launched on October 16, 1999 and broadcast on Sky Deutschland.
Disney Channel launched in Greece on November 7, 2009.
In Italy, the channel launched on December 20, 1997 via Telepiù. On December 21, 2002, the channel launched Disney Channel +1 and Toon Disney +1, followed on February 1, 2003 by the launch of Playhouse Disney. In 2003, Italy passed on Sky initially as an option, then included the channel in its packages. On July 1, 2008, Disney Channel was added to the Mediaset Premium Gallery and later added in the package; on December 8, 2009, Playhouse Disney along with two other channels (Cartoon Network and Hiro), were added to the Premium Fantasy package. Disney Channel on Sky Italy has been enhanced with the timeshift service Toon Disney +1 on channel 614, and Disney in English (on Sky channels 615 and 618, respectively). The offer has been extended even further with the arrival of Disney XD that replaced the Jetix channel on September 28, 2009 (on Sky channel 616) and the channel Jetix +1 (channel 617). This was precisely replaced by timeshift channel Disney XD +1 on channel 616. Additionally, entries not yet formalized heralded the arrival of Disney Cinemagic (substitute for Toon Disney) in both standard (SD) in the version in high definition (HD).
On October 1, 2011, Disney Channel changed its logo and launched a +2 timeshift channel the same day, the first in the world, on Sky channel 615. On October 25, 2011, Disney Channel began broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen. On October 1, 2011, sister channel Disney XD launched a +2 timeshift channel on Sky channel 619, replacing Toon Disney. On February 1, 2012, Disney Channel Italy launched a HD simulcast channel, along with 12 additional Sky Channels.
Disney Channel is available on ZON TVCabo on channel 40, on meo on channel 40 too, Cabovisão on channel 55 and Ar Telecom on channel 26. The channel is available for free to customers on those cable, satellite and IPTV services. It is funded through publicity and subscription fees. Since 2008, Disney Channel Portugal broadcasts without encryption on the country's digital networks. It still offered as a premium service on analogue networks. It was launched in November 2001.
Disney Channel and Disney Channel +1 are available on the Digital+ satellite platform on channels 30 and 31, and in cable platforms. Disney Channel is also available for free on digital terrestrial services since July 1, 2008 (channel 68). The channels broadcast in Spanish with an original language option, American and British programmes broadcast in English on the second track while anime programming is broadcast in Japanese.
United Kingdom & Ireland
Disney Channel is available in the United Kingdom and Ireland since October 1, 1994. A one-hour timeshift service called Disney Channel +1 is available on Sky and Virgin Media. Disney Channel HD launched in the U.K. and Ireland on November 16, 2011.
While Disney Channel does not exist as a branded channel in Canada in its own right, its programming has been distributed since 1988 on specialty channel Family Channel (owned by Bell Media through a blind trust, until the channel is sold to another company to comply with conditions of Bell's purchase of Family's former owner Astral Media), which is licensed as premium service though is carried as a basic cable channel on some cable and satellite providers. As a result of the fact that the majority of Disney Channel U.S.'s programs air on Family, coupled with the fact that both channels developed similarly in their respective countries (as both began as premium services before adding availability via basic cable), Family Channel is commonly considered to be a de facto Canadian version of Disney Channel (though it is often mistakenly assumed to be related to ABC Family, a sister network to Disney Channel U.S. which was formerly known as The Family Channel from 1988 to 1998; a Canadian version of ABC Family launched in March 2012, called ABC Spark to avoid confusion with Family Channel, to which it shares no common ownership).
Some Canadian-produced original series produced by Family (such as Life with Derek, Naturally, Sadie, and Overruled!) have aired on Disney Channel in the United States and in other countries in the past. In addition to its program distribution agreement with Disney Channel U.S., Family also operates an English-language version of Disney Junior as a multiplex channel, as CRTC rules allow cable channels licensed as premium services to add multiplex channels consistent with the network's license. Disney XD and a French-language version of Disney Junior are also owned by the Bell Media-held blind trust, operating under separate licenses.
In the 1990s, the Disney Channel launched in Latin America on DirecTV as a premium channel. Beginning in the 2000s, the channel became available to other cable providers. In 2003, because of the crisis in Argentina and Mexico, DirecTV removed the channel; the channel space was filled for a short period of time by Fox Kids, Disney Channel returned to the satellite provider in 2004 as part of the basic tier, joining Fox Kids, which was previously exclusive to SKY. Programming featured on Disney Channel Latin America includes Zapping Zone.
In the early 2000s, Disney Channel Brazil launched on DirecTV as a premium channel available only on weekends. Later around the same time, when Sky Brazil and Globosat bought the Brazilian Directv, the channel became available to other cable providers and turned into a full-time channel. The channel has its own regular schedule, and is broadcasts in Portuguese.
The flagship U.S. Disney Channel is available to cable and satellite subscribers in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Haiti, and all of the Caribbean. On January 1, 2007 as part of the network's 2007 re-brand campaign, the "Hip" brand name was dropped, and introduced its rectangular current logo along with cuadrilar new graphics. Red Bee Media transformed the channel into a modern-looking appearance and new promos started the week before. Idents started that next Sunday. Cuba and the Dominican Republic receive Disney Channel Latin America.
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- http://disneyabctv.com/web/NewsRelease/DispDNR.aspx?id=051110_08 - The Walt Disney Company and SK Telecom announce intent to form a joint venture to launch Korean-language Disney Channels in South Korea, Disney-ABC Television Group, retro. 2010-05-13
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