Disney Channel's headquarters in Burbank, California as it appeared in the 2000s.
|Disney Channels Worldwide|
|Genre||Children and family|
|Founded||July 15, 1982|
Number of locations
|Gary Marsh (President, CCO)|
|Subsidiaries||It's a Laugh Productions|
Disney Channels Worldwide is the trade name for the two units that oversee children and family television channels owned by The Walt Disney Company.
ABC Cable Networks Group, Inc., d/b/a Disney Channels Worldwide, is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. This subsidiary is headed by President/CCO Gary Marsh and is responsible for operating cable Disney Channels in the United States, such as Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, plus Radio Disney, Disney Television Animation and It's a Laugh Productions. Disney Channels Worldwide oversaw all Disney channels worldwide until the organization of the Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International segment on March 14, 2018 when the unit was split into two.
Disney Channels Worldwide international is a unit of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International that operates various children and family television channels around the world, including variations of the US channels plus Disney International HD, Dlife, and Hungama TV.
Disney Channel was originally established in the United States in 1983 as a premium channel, and has since converted to a basic service; in addition, Disney Channel's programming has also 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.
Previous corporate names were: Walt Disney Entertainment, Inc. (1982–1983), The Disney Channel, Inc. (1983–1997), Disney Channel, Inc. (1997–2001).
On November 10, 1981, Walt Disney Productions and Westinghouse Broadcasting announced that they had joined up to start a family-oriented cable television service.In 1982, Disney hired Alan Wagner to develop a cable channel.
By July 15, 1982, Disney incorporated Walt Disney Entertainment, Inc., which was renamed by January 28, 1983 to The Disney Channel, Inc.The Disney Channel was launched in April 1983 as a premium channel with 16 hours of programming . The channel became profitable in January 1985.
20 months after launch, the channel moved into the home satellite dish market thus scrambling its signal. The channel started moving to the basic cable level on September 1, 1990 with TCI Montgomery Cablevision.In March 1995, the second Disney Channel began broadcasting in Taiwan while the third is launched in October for the United Kingdom.
By September 29, 1997, the corporate name was shortened to Disney Channel, Inc.Disney had hired Geraldine Laybourne away from the Nickelodeon channel in 1996. She founded a kids channel codename ABZ, which the media speculated to be aimed at preschoolers. Laybourne dismissed this report. In December 1997, the Toon Disney channel was announced as a basic channel consisting of Disney animated programming. As of April 1, 1998, most of the international versions are pay channels while the Taiwan and Malaysia versions are ad supported and the USA version is a basic channel. The Toon Disney Channel was launched on April 18, 1998 on the Disney Channel's 15th anniversary.
In 2000, the Playhouse Disney preschool channel was launched in the United Kingdom,while in the US, the Playhouse Disney block was launched on the Disney Channel. In June 2001, Disney was looking into launch Playhouse Disney as channel in the United States for 2002.
Disney Channel, Inc. changed its name to ABC Cable Networks Group, Inc. by January 31, 2001.In October 2003, ABC Family Worldwide was shifted from Disney COO Bob Iger's directly reporting unit to the ABC Cable Networks Group. In early 2004, Disney Channel's original programming leaders took over ABC Family's original movies unit temporarily as two ABC Family executives left the channel.
In January 2004, Fox Kids Europe, Fox Kids Latin America and ABC Cable Networks Group created the Jetix programming alliance that would rebrand Fox Kids as Jetix for all blocks, channels and companies.ABC1 launched on the United Kingdom's digital terrestrial television platform on September 27, 2004.
In November 2005, Barry Blumberg resigned as president of Walt Disney Television Animation to allow the planned transfer of TV animation to Disney Channels Worldwide.
In 2006, Disney Television India acquired Hungama TV from UTV Software Communications LimitedDisney Cinemagic began broadcasting in the UK in March 2006 to of several Cinemagic channels, including timeshift and HD versions across Western Europe. ABC1 ceased broadcasting on all UK TV platforms at noon on September 26, 2007.
In Spain, Walt Disney Company Iberia purchased 20% of Management Company Television Net TV SA (or NET TV) on February 2008.In late May 2008, the company announced the move of Disney Channel to the digital over-the air space, replacing NET TV's Fly Music on July 1, 2008.
The company's Japanese unit, Walt Disney Television International Japan, started procuring its own animated series in March 2008, with the first two series to debut at Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008. The company produced Stitch! with Madhouse Company, while Fireball was produced with Jinni's Animation Studios.
After two Disney Channnel stars had various scandals, the company started a set of classes for their young stars in 2009 to adapt to the pressure of fame. Optional monthly life-skill classes were added in 2014.
Disney XD (DXD) was launched in September 2009, taking over the channel space of Toon Disney in the US,while Jetix switched over to DXD (or for some Disney Channel) starting with France on April 1. In April, the Walt Disney Company, Ltd. Japan and Disney Channels Worldwide started Broadcast Satellite Disney Co., Ltd. to broadcast a women and family targeted channel called Dlife with licensed content, received in October 2010 and debuted on March 17, 2012.
Jetix Play closed down on August 1, 2010 in most countries, [ citation needed ] In these countries, the channel was replaced with Playhouse Disney.on September 1, 2010 in Turkey, and in Romania on March 12, 2011.
On May 26, 2010, Disney–ABC Television Group announced the launch of Disney Junior, which would replace the Playhouse Disney Morning block on sister network Disney Channel in February 2011, and extend to a standalone preschooler-oriented channel that would replace Soapnet in January 2012. All 22 Playhouse Disney channels and blocks outside the U.S. were also renamed to "Disney Junior" in 2011.
In October 2011, Disney reached a joint venture agreement (49%/51%) with UTH Russia, in which UTH will turn its broadcasting network Seven TV into a Disney Channel starting in early 2012.On March 28, 2013, Cinemagic was replaced with Sky Movies Disney in the UK market under license to BSkyB.
In April 2013, Disney announced that Das Vierte, its recent purchased broadcast station in Germany, would become a Disney Channel in January 2014 as a 24-hour family entertainment network.Disney formed an in-house ad sales company called Disney Media + for the channel, given that two competitors control most ad sales companies.
Disney India Media Networks shut down Bindass Play, a Hindi music channel, and replaced it with Disney International HD on October 29, 2017. This general entertainment channel is in English and HD, targeted to ages 14 to 25 while only tapping Disney live action shows.
With Disney's March 14, 2018 reorganization, all international channels including Disney Channel have been transferred to Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, a new segment, while the US unit is still under Disney–ABC Television Group.On January 9, 2019, Disney India Media Networks shut down Disney XD India and replaced it with Marvel HQ, a channel featuring shows and movies from Marvel Entertainment as well as some acquired programming.
Shortly after the November 2019 launch of Disney+ in New Zealand, Disney shut down its linear channels there. Disney Channels Worldwide announced in June 2020 that on October 1, 2020 all three of the networks owned by Disney Channels Worldwide in the United Kingdom would be shut down with content thereafter would be available via the Disney+ streaming service as the extension of a carriage deal with Sky and Virgin Media could not be reached.
The international on-air channel brands look are consistent with the Disney brand. Individual channel managers are allowed to develop schedules and marketing programs to allow children's preferences in the market. Additionally, local programming that meets Disney's standards, combined with difficulties, is acquired. If a program is successful in a market, its format may be developed for other Disney Channels' market viewing tastes.
|Market||Type||Formerly||Launch date||Other nations||Operator|
|United States||Channel HD (East)||N/A||April 18, 1983||None||Disney CWW|
|Channel HD (West)|
|Taiwan||Channel||March 1995||The Walt Disney Company (Taiwan) Ltd.|
|UK and Ireland||Channel||October 1995||Albania, Estonia, Turkey, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Poland||Disney Co. Ltd. (UK/Europe)|
|Channel +1||September 2000||Spain|
|Malaysia||Channel||October 1996||The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia|
|France||Channel||March 1997||Belgium (Wallonia), Luxembourg, Switzerland||Disney Co. France|
|Channel +1||2002||Belgium (Wallonia)|
|Middle East and North Africa||Channel||(English) April 1997 |
|Arab World, Greece, Cyprus||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Spain||Free-to-air channel||April 1998||None||Management Company Television Net TV SA†|
|Pay-TV channel HD||2012|
|Philippines||Channel||1998||None||The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia|
|Germany||Channel||1999||Luxembourg, Austria||Disney Co. (Germany)|
|Free-to-air channel||Das Vierte||January 17, 2014|
|Israel||Channel||Jetix||2009||The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia|
|Latin America||Channel (Mexico)||N/A||2000||The Walt Disney Company Latin America|
|Channel (Central feed)|
|Channel (South feed)|
|Channel HD||September 2012|
|Southeast Asia||Channel||N/A||January 2000||Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, South Korea||The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia|
|Vietnam||Channel||May 2005||None||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Japan||Channel||November 2003||The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.|
|Scandinavia||Channel||2003||Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Hong Kong||Channel||April 2, 2004||Walt Disney Television International - Asia Pacific|
|Thailand||Channel||January 2005||Walt Disney Television Intl. (Southeast Asia/Korea)|
|Poland||Channel||December 1, 2006||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Turkey||Channel||2007||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Russia||pay-TV channel||Jetix||March 2010||CIS||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|free-to-air network||Seven TV||2012||None||JV with UTH Russia|
|Albania||Channel||June 1, 2012||Kosovo||Digitalb|
|Croatia||Channel||September 2012||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Serbia||Channel||April 2012||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro|
|Bulgaria||Channel||CEE Jetix||September 2009|
|Romania||Channel||September 2009||Bulgaria||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Netherlands||Channel||N/A||2009||Belgium (Flanders)||Disney Channels (Benelux) B.V.|
|Hungary||Channel||September 2009||None||The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia|
|Slovakia||Channel||September 2009||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Slovenia||Channel||September 2012||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Portugal||Channel||N/A||November 2001||The Walt Disney Company Iberia S.L.|
|India||Channel||December 17, 2004||Disney India Media Networks|
|South Africa||Channel||2006||Disney Co. Ltd.|
|Korea||Channel||April 1, 2011||Television Media Korea (SK Telecom 51% and Disney Channels International 49% venture) , The Walt Disney Company Korea LLC|
|Channel HD||April 1, 2011|
|Canada (English)||Channel||September 1, 2015||Corus Entertainment|
|Canada (French)||Télétoon Rétro|
† Management Company Television Net TV SA is owned by Vocento SA, The Walt Disney Company Iberia S.L. (20%) and Intereconomía Corporation SA. Which in addition to the Disney channels owns Intereconomia TV, a generalist channel.
|Market||Type||Formerly||Active date||Feeds/other countries||Operator||Fate|
|Australia||Channel||None||June 8, 1996 – November 30, 2019 (New Zealand), June 8, 1996 – April 30, 2020 (Australia)||New Zealand||The Walt Disney Company Australia||Selected programming moved to Disney+ following the channel's closure.|
|Italy||Channel||None||October 3, 1998 – May 1, 2020||Switzerland||The Walt Disney Company Italy||Selected programming moved to Disney+ following the channel's closure.|
|Channel +1||December 24, 2004 – October 1, 2019|
|Disney in English||December 20, 2008 – May 1, 2020|
|Channel +2||October 1, 2011 – May 1, 2020|
|HD Channel||February 1, 2012 – May 1, 2020|
|Singapore||channel||None||January 2000 – May 31, 2020||The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia)||Disney had requested for the first three channels to be closed down. It was replaced with Disney+ in the mid 2020 and 2021.|
Disney Channel Asia was launched in January 2000 as a single video feed with an English audio track being the default and Mandarin audio and subtitle tracks also available. The channel became available in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines. On June 1, 2002, the channel was launched in the South Korea market as a Korean-language feed.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.
Disney Channel was launched in Mainland China in December 2012. 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 Chinese website.
Previously, Disney programming was available through programming blocks starting as early as 1994 with Doordarshan then moving to Zee TV until the early 2000s. Disney moved its block to Sony Television for three years. Star TV pick up Disney TV blocks on Star Plus, 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. 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.
|Market||Disney Channel||Disney Junior||Disney XD|| Cinemagic|
|United States||April 18, 1983 West, East HD, West HD||March 23, 2012||February 13, 2009|| Radio Disney |
Radio Disney Country
|United Kingdom||October 1995, +1, HD||May 2011, +1, HD||August 31, 2009, +1, HD||(2006–2013) Sky Movies Disney, HD (2013; BSkyB)||ABC1 (2004– 2007)|
|France||March 1997, +1, HD||2011, HD||April 1, 2009 ; HD||(2007–2015, +1, HD) Disney Cinema (May 8, 2015 – )||Disney Nature TV (2012–)|
|Portugal||November 28, 2001||Junior||(October 2008–2012)|
|Spain||April 1998, +1, HD †||June 2011||2009, HD||2008–January 1, 2015||Intereconomía TV (2005) †|
|Middle East and North Africa||April 1997 |
|2011, HD||2009, HD||OSN Movies Disney HD (2018; OSN)|
|Germany||1999, HD||2011||2009, +1||2009, HD|
|Russia||pay television (August 2010); free-to-air (2011; UTH Russia Joint venture)||2013 (Block)||Radio Disney|
|Italy||1998, +1, +2, HD, Mobile, Disney in English||2011, +1||September 2009, +1, +2|
|Netherlands||2009||2011–2019||January 1, 2010|
|Scandinavia (Danish)||2003, HD||2011||September 12, 2009|
|Scandinavia (Finnish)||2003||2011||September 12, 2009|
|Scandinavia (Norwegian)||2003||2011||September 12, 2009|
|Scandinavia (Sweden)||2003||2011||September 12, 2009|
|Poland||2006, HD||2010||September 2009|
|Australia||June 8, 1996||May 29, 2011||April 10, 2014 – January 6, 2019||Foxtel Movies Disney (April 10, 2014 – November 7, 2019)|
|Taiwan||March 1995||September 1, 2011 [ deprecated source ] (block)|
|Philippines||1998||July 11, 2011 (PH)|
|India||December 17, 2004||October 15, 2012||November 14, 2009 – January 9, 2019|
|Japan||November 2003||Fall 2012||August 2009||Dlife (2012–2020)|
|Canada (DHX Media) )||English, French (both May 6, 2011 – September 18, 2015)||June 1, 2011 – October 9, 2015||Radio Disney|
|Canada (Corus)||English, French (both September 1, 2015)||English channel (December 1, 2015), French block (November 30, 2015)||ABC Spark|
|Latin America||Channel||April 1, 2011||July 3, 2009||Radio Disney|
|Asia||January 2000||July 11, 2011|
|South Africa||September 25, 2006||June 1, 2011||May 11, 2011|
|Korea (Television Media Korea)||April 1, 2011, HD||April 11, 2011, HD|
On April 16, 2015, Corus Entertainment announced that it had reached a multi-year agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group to acquire Canadian rights to Disney Channel's programming library, and launched Disney Channel in Canada on September 1, 2015—the first time that a Disney Channel-branded network has operated in Canada.
Prior to this agreement, rights to Disney Channel programming had been held by Family Channel, a network owned by children's media conglomerate DHX Media which is licensed as a premium service but is carried as a basic service by many television providers. As a result of the fact that the majority of Disney Channel U.S.'s programs aired 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 subscription), Family Channel was commonly considered to be a de facto Canadian version of Disney Channel (though it was often mistakenly assumed to be related to ABC Family (now Freeform), a sister network to Disney Channel U.S. which was formerly known as The (emphasis added) Family Channel from 1988 to 1998;[ citation needed ] a Canadian version of ABC Family (now Freeform) launched in March 2012, called ABC Spark to avoid confusion with Family Channel, to which it does not share 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 distribution agreement with Disney Channel U.S., Family also operated an English-language version of Disney Junior as a multiplex channel, as CRTC rules allow pay-TV 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 were also owned by DHX Media, operating under separate licenses.
DHX's program supply agreement with Disney ended on January 1, 2016; as a result of these re-alignments, its Disney-branded networks were re-launched as spin-offs of the Family brand beforehand on September 18, 2015 (Family Jr. and Télémagino) and October 9, 2015 (Family Chrgd).
In April 2009, the Walt Disney Company Ltd. Japan and Disney Channels Worldwide 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. The channel was shut down on March 31, 2020.
Disney Channel is an American pay television channel that serves as the flagship property of owner Disney Channels Worldwide unit of the Walt Disney Television subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.
Toon Disney was an American multinational pay television channel which was owned by Disney Channels Worldwide, a subsidiary of Disney-ABC Television Group. A spin-off of the Disney Channel, the channel mostly aired children's animated series and some live action programming. Its format had similarities to those of Discovery Kids, Cartoon Network, and Nicktoons. The channel's target audience was children ages 2–11, and children ages 6–11 during its nighttime block called Jetix. The US version of Toon Disney shut down on February 13, 2009, after nearly 11 years, and was succeeded by Disney XD, which has carried some programs previously seen on Toon Disney. The final channel bearing the Toon Disney moniker was in Italy, and was discontinued in 2011.
Family Channel is a Canadian English language specialty channel owned by WildBrain. Family's programming is aimed towards kids ages 6-17. Family is headquartered in the Brookfield Place office complex, near the Financial District of Downtown Toronto. It has transmitted from Corus Quay since at least 2014.
Jetix was an American children's television network owned by Jetix Europe, Jetix Latin America and ABC Cable Networks Group. The Jetix brand was used for children's blocks and channels featuring action and adventure-related programming, most of which had previously aired on Fox Kids, as well as some original programming.
Playhouse Disney was a brand for a slate of programming blocks and international cable and satellite television channel that was owned by the Disney Channels Worldwide unit of The Walt Disney Company's Disney–ABC Television Group. It originated in the United States as a morning program block on the Disney Channel. Its programming was targeted at children ages 2–6, featuring a mix of live-action and animated series.
Super RTL is a German free-to-air television network owned by RTL Disney Television Limited Partnership, a joint venture between RTL Group and The Walt Disney Company's Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International. Each partner owns 50% of the channel.
ABC Family Worldwide is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Television that is responsible for the operations of the U.S. cable network Freeform. The company was originally formed as International Family Entertainment, a spin-off of the Christian Broadcasting Network's cable network The Family Channel.
Walt Disney Television is a subsidiary of Disney Media Networks that oversees television assets owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. It was formerly called Disney–ABC Television Group, ABC Group before that, and Capital Cities/ABC initially, until Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox on March 20, 2019. Assets in the group include the ABC network; cable networks: Freeform, Disney Channels, FX and National Geographic channels; Disney Television Studios: ABC Studios, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios; ABC News; and ABC Owned Television Stations. The division also manages Disney's 50% equity stake in A&E Networks. ESPN, along with Walt Disney Television, are the two primary subsidiaries of Disney Media Networks.
Fox Networks Group (FNG) is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International that oversees international television assets that were acquired from 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company. It produced and distributed 300 and more entertainment, film, sports and factual channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, using several brands, including Fox, National Geographic, FX, Fox Sports, and BabyTV. Among their non-linear brands were Fox Play and Fox Plus. These brands reached over 1.725 billion households around the world.
K2 is an Italian free-to-air television channel owned by Discovery Networks Europe. Its registered office is in Rome. It launched on 1 October 2004 as an analogue terrestrial television channel managed by the Italian subsidiary of Fox Kids Europe, Fox Kids Italy S.r.l.
Disney Channel is a Bulgarian pay television channel centred towards kids. It was launched on 19 September 2009, replacing Jetix Eastern Europe.
Disney Cinemagic was a European pay television network owned by Walt Disney Company Limited (UK) plus two programming blocks by Disney Channels Worldwide. It used to be broadcast on most countries in Western Europe; currently, formerly-branded Disney Cinemagic channels in France and the United Kingdom and Ireland are run by third parties which primarily airs films by the Walt Disney Studios.
The Walt Disney Company France, formerly Buena Vista International France, is one of The Walt Disney Company's international divisions and also European divisions. It is headquartered in Paris, Île-de-France.
Switchover Media (SOM) was an Italian broadcaster of television channels. The company first operated as a subsidiary of Netherlands-based broadcaster Jetix Europe to being purchased out by its management and rebranding to Switchover Media in June 2009, to its purchase and folding by Discovery Communications in January 2013.
Disney XD is an American multinational pay television channel which is owned by the Walt Disney Television unit of The Walt Disney Company through Disney Channels Worldwide. Aimed primarily at children ages 6–15, its programming consists of original first-run television series, current and former original series and made-for-TV films from sister network Disney Channel, theatrically-released films, and acquired programs from other distributors, including Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon and Beyblade Burst, along with a primetime block of programming involving competitive gaming.
Disney Channels Worldwide includes over 100 channels available in 34 languages and 166 countries/territories. Branded channels include Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama and DLife.
The Disney Channel, which kicks off with the TV premiere of Aladdin at 6.30 pm on Saturday, June 8
According to published reports, the sale won't affect Radio Disney's Latin American partnerships, nor its partners in both Canada and Russia.