Disney Channel (Canada)
|Launched||September 1, 2015|
(branding licensed from The Walt Disney Company)
|Website||Disney Channel Canada|
Channel 1649 (HD)|
Channel 563 (SD)
Channel 535 (SD) (West)|
Channel 75 (HD) (East)
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Fibe TV||
Channel 568 (SD)|
Channel 1568 (HD)
Channel 150 (SD)|
Channel 1150 (HD)
Channel 98 (SD)|
Channel 398 (HD)
|Telus Optik TV||
Channel 9606 (SD) (West)|
Channel 606 (HD) (West)
Channel 9607 (SD) (East)
|VMedia||Channel 63 (SD)|
Channel 187 (SD)|
Channel 195 (HD)
Disney Channel is a Canadian English-language exempted Category B specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment. First broadcasting on September 1, 2015, it is a localized version of the U.S. cable network Disney Channel, broadcasting live-action and animated programming aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 14.
The channel launched as part of a new licensing agreement between Corus and the Disney–ABC Television Group, which succeeded a previous program supply agreement between Disney and Family Channel (owned by DHX Media). Its launch marks the first time that a Disney Channel-branded television service has operated in Canada.
Disney Channel programming in Canada prior to 2015
Since its launch on September 1, 1988, the English-language Category A hybrid premium/basic cable and satellite television channel Family, which is now owned by children's programming producer DHX Media and previously held by Astral Media up until its acquisition by Bell Canada in 2013, held Canadian rights to Disney Channel's programming library.- As such, it operated licensed Canadian versions of Disney Channel's spinoff brands, Disney XD (later Family Chrgd) and Disney Junior (later Family Jr. and Télémagino; the latter of which operated as a multiplex channel of Family airing in English with a separately-licensed service airing in French) as its multiplex channels.
Launch and development
On April 16, 2015, Corus Entertainment announced that it had reached a "landmark" agreement with the Disney–ABC Television Group to acquire long-term, Canadian multi-platform rights to Disney Channel's programming library; the cost and duration of the licensing deal were not disclosed. Corus also announced that it would launch a Canadian version of Disney Channel on September 1, 2015; the service consists of a linear television channel, along with TV Everywhere apps (Watch Disney Channel Canada), and video-on-demand services for television platforms. This marks Corus' second Disney/ABC-licensed service behind ABC Spark – a localized version of ABC Family.
Corus stated that it would transition "select Disney branded kids linear television offerings" to new properties under its ownership in the future; new Corus-run Disney Junior and Disney XD services launched on December 1, 2015. In the meantime, Disney Channel aired blocks featuring selected Disney Junior and XD programs. For the 2015-16 television season, DHX consequently re-branded its Disney XD and Junior networks as Family Chrgd and Family Jr. respectively, and began phasing out Disney programming from the two channels and Family; DHX's licensing agreement with Disney formally ended in January 2016.
Disney Channel operates as an "exempted" Category B service: as of new policies implemented in 2012, channels with less than 200,000 subscribers that would otherwise meet the definition of a Category B service are exempted from licensing by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
Corus stated that Disney Channel was available in 10 million households on launch, with carriage across most major Canadian cable providers, IPTV providers Bell Fibe TV, Telus Optik TV, and SaskTel, and national satellite providers Bell TV and Shaw Direct.
- Bizaardvark (June 24, 2016 – present)
- Best Friends Whenever (September 1, 2015 – present)
- Bunk'd (September 1, 2015 – present)
- Descendants: Wicked World (September 18, 2015 – present)
- Elena of Avalor (July 22, 2016 – present)
- Girl Meets World (September 1, 2015 – present)
- K.C. Undercover (September 1, 2015 – present)
- Liv and Maddie (September 1, 2015 – present)
- The Lodge (September 23, 2016 – present)
- Stuck in the Middle (February 14, 2016 – present)
- Austin & Ally (September 1, 2015 – present)
- Jessie (September 1, 2015 – present)
- Wizards of Waverly Place (September 1, 2016 – present)
- Cheer Squad (November 5, 2016 - present)
- Extreme Babysitting
- Life With Boys (September 3, 2016 – present)
- Mr. Young (September 1, 2016 – present)
- My Babysitter's a Vampire
Acquired from Disney XD
- MECH-X4 (November 17, 2016 – present)
- Milo Murphy's Law (November 3, 2016 – present)
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil (November 3, 2016 – present)
Acquired from Disney XD
- Star Wars Rebels (September 5 – November 29, 2015; returns December 1, 2016)
- Gravity Falls (September 5 – November 29, 2015; November 3 – 10, 2016; returns December 8, 2016)
Disney Channel programming
- A.N.T. Farm (December 6, 2015 – 2016)
- Dog with a Blog (September 1, 2015 – 2016)
- Good Luck Charlie (December 18, 2015 – 2016)
- I Didn't Do It (September 1, 2015 – 2016)
- Shake It Up (September 1, 2015; December 18, 2015 – 2016)
Disney Junior programming
- Doc McStuffins (September 1, 2015 – December 18, 2015)
- Henry Hugglemonster (September 1, 2015 – December 18, 2015)
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates (September 1, 2015 – December 18, 2015)
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (September 1, 2015 – December 18, 2015)
- Miles from Tomorrowland (September 1, 2015 – December 18, 2015)
- Rolie Polie Olie (September 1, 2015 – December 18, 2015)
- Sofia the First (September 1, 2015 – December 18, 2015)
Disney XD programming
- Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything (September 5, 2015 – November 29, 2015)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (September 5, 2015 – November 29, 2015)
- Kirby Buckets (September 5, 2015 – November 29, 2015)
- Lab Rats: Bionic Island (September 5, 2015 – November 29, 2015)
- Lab Rats: Elite Force (March 6, 2016)
- Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (September 5, 2015 – November 29, 2015)
- Pickle and Peanut (September 5, 2015 – November 29, 2015)
- Walk the Prank (November 3, 2016 – November 25, 2016)
|Disney Channel HD||Disney Channel HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Disney Channel that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format; the feed first began broadcasting on September 1, 2015, the same day Disney Channel launched in Canada. Most content on the channel is produced and broadcast in HD, along with feature films, Disney Channel original movies made after 2005 and select episodes, films and series produced before 2009. The sister networks Disney XD and Disney Junior also offer their own high-definition simulcast feeds.|
|Disney Channel On Demand||Disney Channel On Demand is the channel's video-on-demand service, offering select episodes of the channel's original series and Disney Junior programming, along with select original movies and behind-the-scenes features to digital cable and IPTV providers.|
|Disney Channel Canada app||The Disney Channel Canada app allows authenticated subscribers to Disney Channel on participating service providers to stream video-on-demand episodes and live feeds of Disney Channel.|
Disney XD is a digital cable and satellite television channel in Canada, which is aimed at pre-teens and young teenagers. The channel was launched on December 1, 2015, as the relaunch of the channel by Corus, the channel being previously owned by DHX Media until Corus got Canadian rights to Disney programming since DHX decided not to renew their agreement. It carries action and comedy programming from Disney Channel and along with some first-run original programming and off-network syndicated shows. Unlike parent network Disney Channel and its sister channel Disney Junior, Disney XD operates solely as an advertiser-supported service.
Disney Junior is a digital cable and satellite television channel in Canada, aimed mainly at children under 8 years of age. The channel was launched on December 1, 2015, along with Disney XD. The channel broadcasts programming that consists of original first-run television series, theatrically-released and made-for-DVD movies and select other third-party programming. Unlike Disney XD and like Disney Channel, Disney Junior is another commercial-free network.
- Disney XD on Disney Channel – a Thursday evening (formerly weekend afternoon) programming block featuring programs from Disney XD; the block was put on hiatus after November 29, 2015 due to the launch of the new Corus-operated Disney XD channel. The Disney XD on Disney Channel block also airs occasionally on weekends to show special episodes such as the Lab Rats: Elite Force premiere episode. The block returned on November 3, 2016 after an 11-month hiatus, now airing on Thursday evenings from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST/PST, and currently airs such shows as MECH-X4, Milo Murphy's Law, Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Star Wars Rebels.
- Disney Junior on Disney Channel – a weekday programming block featuring programming from Disney Junior. The block was discontinued after December 18, 2015 due to the launch of the new Corus-operated Disney Junior channel.
- Famalama DingDong - a four-day block with sister channels YTV and Teletoon (other Corus Kids channels aired different blocks). It showed the world premiere of Disney Channel's newest show Stuck in the Middle along with movies like Invisible Sister and new episodes of Girl Meets World on February 12, 2016. It was the last channel to air on February 15, 2016 after YTV and Teletoon.
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