Disney Channel (Canada)

For the Canadian French equivalent, see Disney La Chaîne.
Disney Channel
Launched September 1, 2015 (2015-09-01)
Owned by Corus Entertainment
(branding licensed from The Walt Disney Company)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Replaced Teletoon Retro
Sister channel(s)
Website Disney Channel Canada
Bell TV Channel 1649 (HD)
Channel 563 (SD)
Shaw Direct 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)
MTS Channel 150 (SD)
Channel 1150 (HD)
SaskTel 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)
Shaw Channel 187 (SD)
Channel 195 (HD)

Disney Channel is a Canadian English-language exempted Category B specialty channel[1][2] 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

Further information: Family Channel

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.[3][4][5]- 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.[3]

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.[6][7]

Corus stated that it would transition "select Disney branded kids linear television offerings" to new properties under its ownership in the future;[6] new Corus-run Disney Junior and Disney XD services launched on December 1, 2015.[8][9][10] In the meantime, Disney Channel aired blocks featuring selected Disney Junior and XD programs.[11] 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.[3][7][12]

Disney Channel operates as an "exempted" Category B service:[1] 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.[13]


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.[11]


Current programming


Acquired programming

Acquired from Disney XD

Future programming

Acquired from Disney XD

Former programming

Disney Channel programming

Disney Junior programming

Disney XD programming

Acquired programming

Related services

Main services

Service Description
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.[23]

Sister channels

Disney XD

Main article: Disney XD (Canada)

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,[24] 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

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.


Current blocks

Former blocks


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