Disney Channel (Asia)

This article is about Disney Channel in Southeast Asia. For Disney Channel in the United States, see Disney Channel. For other international channels, see Disney Channels Worldwide.
Disney Channel
Launched 1 September 1996
Owned by Disney Channels Worldwide
(Disney–ABC Television Group)
The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia
Picture format 480i, 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan The Best Place to Be
Language English
Vietnamese (subtitles)
Broadcast area Southeast Asia
Headquarters 4 Loyang Ln #01-01/02 and #02-01/02., Singapore 508914
Formerly called The Disney Channel (1996-1997)
Sister channel(s) Disney Junior
Disney XD
Website DisneyChannel.asia
Channel 105 (SD)
Channel 615 (SD)
Channel 32 (SD)
Channel 45 (HD)
Channel 200 (HD)
Aora TV
Channel 110 (SD)
Sky Net
Channel 63 (SD 4:3)
Channel 447/91 (HD)
Channel 615 (SD)
(Papua New Guinea)
Channel 33 (SD)
Sky Direct
Channel 18 (SD)
TVB Network Vision (Hong Kong) Channel 60
StarHub TV
Channel 312 (SD)
SkyCable / Destiny Cable
Channel 47 (digital; SD)
Channel 250 (digital; HD)
Channel 25 (SD)
Mountain View Satellite Corporation
Channel 36 (SD)
MultiNetwork Cable Television
Channel 24 (SD)
Parasat Cable TV
(Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)
Channel 52 (SD)
Bohol Community Cable TV
(Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines)
Channel 40 (SD)
NVC Maharlika Cable Systems
Channel 46 (SD)
Pioneer Cable Vision Incorporated (PCVI)
(Baybay City, Leyte, Philippines)
Channel 16 (SD)
First Media
Channel 120 (SD)
max3 by Biznet
Channel 105 (SD)
Channel 447/91 (HD)
Channel 91 (HD)
Channel 50 (analog/digital; SD)
Hanoi Cable Television BTS
Channel 42 (SD)
Palau National Communications Corporation
Channel 12 (SD)
Cambodia Cable Television
Channel 21 (SD)
Cable TV Hong Kong
(Hong Kong)
Channel 135 (SD)
Available on most Taiwanese cable systems Channel 23 (SD)
Mio TV
Channel 234 (HD)
Channel 235 (VOD; HD)
now TV
(Hong Kong)
Channel 441 (SD)
Mountaintop Cable TV
Channel 50 (SD)

Disney Channel Asia (formerly known as The Disney Channel from 1996 to 1997) is a basic cable and satellite television channel that broadcasts in Southeast Asia as the flagship property of owner Disney Channels Worldwide unit of the United States-based Disney–ABC Television Group and operated by The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia. Most of its original programming is aimed at pre-teens and adolescents ages 10–16 while its Disney Junior programs are targeted at younger children ages 3–9, although certain programs are aimed at audiences of all ages. The channel's programming consists of original first-run television series, theatrically-released and original made-for-cable movies and select other third-party programming. Some countries do not carry the network, due to either a lack of capacity or government restrictions.


Disney Channel Asia was launched in January 2000 with a single video feed and two audiotracks in English and Mandarin, as well as subtitles in Mandarin too. The channel became available in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines. On 1 June 2002, the channel was launched in the South Korean market with a Korean language feed.[1] Over the first six months of 2005, Disney Channel Asia, along with sister channel Playhouse Disney (now Disney Junior) was launched in Vietnam, Palau and Thailand. It finished off with a launch of both in Cambodia, its 11th market, with Cambodia Entertainment Production Co. Ltd. as distributor.[2]

HD channel

On May 1, 2015, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia launched a high-definition simulcast feed of Disney Channel in the Philippines, available on SkyCable and Destiny Cable distributed by Asian Cable Communications, Inc. (ACCION) in that country. Just like its SD counterpart, the HD simulcast of the channel airs the same shows shown in the SD feed.



Disney Channel Asia's schedule currently consists largely of original series aimed at pre-teens and young teenagers (including live-action series such as K.C. Undercover, Best Friends Whenever, Liv and Maddie: Cali Style, Stuck in the Middle, Girl Meets World, Bizaardvark, and Bunk'd and animated series such as Elena of Avalor), and series aimed at preschoolers as part of its Disney Junior block (such as Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc McStuffins, Sheriff Callie's Wild West, Miles from Tomorrowland and The Lion Guard). The channel also airs repeats of former Disney Channel original series (such as The Suite Life on Deck, Good Luck Charlie, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, I Didn't Do It, Dog with a Blog, Jessie, and Austin and Ally), occasional reruns of Disney XD original series part of the "Disney XD on Disney Channel" block (such as Lab Rats: Elite Force, Mech-X4, Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Kirby Buckets, Walk the Prank, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Future-Worm! and Milo Murphy's Law), original made-for-TV movies, feature films, short-form programs known as "short shows" (which air more commonly on the Disney Junior block, and are used primarily to fill predetermined five-minute gaps between programs) and music videos from artists signed to sister companies Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records as well as songs featured in recent and upcoming Disney feature film releases (full versions of these music videos typically air only during the video's premiere and as filler between programs, while shorter versions usually air during promo breaks during the current program).

Disney Channel essentially operates as a commercial-free channel, opting not to feature traditional commercial advertisements during its in-show breaks due to concerns that younger viewers may be unable to separate the difference between programs and advertisements, and in order to pay a lower license fee rate to broadcast feature films distributed by major movie studios than ad-supported channels would pay – in lieu of running commercials, Disney Channel maintains underwriter sponsorships with major companies such as Best Western and Mattel, in addition to in-house promotions for the channel's programs (and occasionally, programs seen on other Disney-owned channels, most commonly Disney XD and Disney Junior) and Disney entertainment products.[3] Until 2016, Disney Channel aired up to a minute of underwriter sponsorships per hour; in October 2016, Disney Channel increased the amount of underwriter sponsorships it aired.

Atypical of most U.S. cable channels, since 2006, Disney Channel's scripted programs (including shows featured on the Disney Junior block) feature additional scenes played over the closing credits. It also has an unwritten requirement that its original live-action series have no more than six regular cast members (So Weird was the last series prior to 2003 to have more than six series regulars within its cast, Shake It Up is the only series since that point to exceed the limit as it had seven contract cast members during its second season in 2012–13); Stuck in the Middle would also go over this limit, with nine main cast members from the beginning. The channel's series tend to have smaller writing staffs compared to scripted series seen on other broadcast and cable networks (usually featuring around four and eight credited staff writers, instead of the eight to 11 writers commonly found on most scripted shows). Its live-action multi-camera series also commonly utilize a simulated film look (the FilmLook processing for such shows debuting between 2003 and 2008; the HD-compatible 'filmizing' technique for all newer and returning original series produced after 2009, which reduce the video frame rate to 24 frames per second).

During the 1980s and 1990s, Disney Channel ran classic Disney animated shorts released between the 1930s and 1960s, which were removed from the lineup in 2000; since 2009, repackaged versions of these shorts are seen as part of the short series Re-Micks and Have a Laugh!. The channel later debuted Mickey Mouse, a series of original shorts featuring the classic Disney animated characters including the titular character on June 28, 2013.

Current programming from Disney Channel and Disney XD

Disney Channel Asia-produced programs

Third-party shows

Sitcoms from Disney Channel U.S.

Programming blocks

Disney Junior on Disney Channel


Presentation and Logos

With the launch in 1996, Disney Channel Asia adopted the UK network's presentation designed by Lambie-Nairn. It then used the splat logo in 1997 with the opening of Disney Channel France. Later in 1999, Disney Channel Asia began to use the "Circles" presentation package until late 2003, when the US logo (and design package by CA Square) became the channel's on-air presentation format. Two more redesigns were made in 2012, then in 2014 with the current wordmark logo.

See also


  1. Godfrey, Leigh (30 May 2002). "Disney Channel Asia Launches In Korea". Animation World Network. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Disney launches two channels in Cambodia". Indiantelevision.com. Mumbai. 20 June 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  3. "Now that Duff's had enough...: is it time for Disney Channel to cash in and rethink no-ads strategy?". Variety. June 6, 2003. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  4. Bungalon, Kier Ariel (December 26, 2015). "Disney Asia - 2016 Promo". YouTube. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  5. Bungalon, Kier Ariel (November 22, 2016). "Kid vs. Kat - Disney Channel Asia". YouTube. Retrieved November 22, 2016.

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