Disney Channel (Asia)
|Launched||1 September 1996|
Disney Channels Worldwide|
(Disney–ABC Television Group)
The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia
480i, 576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Slogan||The Best Place to Be|
|Broadcast area||Southeast Asia|
|Headquarters||4 Loyang Ln #01-01/02 and #02-01/02., Singapore 508914|
|Formerly called||The Disney Channel (1996-1997)|
|Channel 105 (SD)|
|Channel 615 (SD)|
|Channel 32 (SD)|
|Channel 45 (HD)|
|Channel 200 (HD)|
|Channel 110 (SD)|
|Sky Net |
|Channel 63 (SD 4:3)|
|Channel 447/91 (HD)|
|Channel 615 (SD)|
(Papua New Guinea)
|Channel 33 (SD)|
|Channel 18 (SD)|
|TVB Network Vision (Hong Kong)||Channel 60|
|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)|
|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|
|Channel 135 (SD)|
|Available on most Taiwanese cable systems||Channel 23 (SD)|
Channel 234 (HD)|
Channel 235 (VOD; HD)
|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. 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.
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.
- Asia: main feed available in Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Palau and Cambodia
- Singapore: same schedule as Asia feed, plus new episodes of live-action shows and local advertisements
- Malaysia: same schedule as the Asia feed, plus local advertisements; also available in Brunei
- Philippines: same schedule as the Asia feed, plus new episodes of live-action shows and local advertisements.
- Hong Kong: own schedule with local advertisements; separated from Asia feed on 2 April 2004. Broadcast in English and Cantonese.
- Taiwan: own schedule with local advertisements; the first overseas feed of Disney Channel; began operations in March 1995; broadcast in Taiwanese Mandarin
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. 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
- The 7D (produced by Disney Television Animation)
- Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (produced by Disney Television Animation)
- Descendants: Wicked World (produced by Bad Angels Productions, 5678 Productions and Disney Television Animation)
- Elena of Avalor (produced by Disney Television Animation)
- Gravity Falls (produced by Disney Television Animation)
- Mickey Mouse (produced by Disney Television Animation)
- Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (produced by Mercury Filmworks and Disney Television Animation and Disney XD)
- Phineas and Ferb (simulcast with Disney XD Asia, produced by Disney Television Animation)
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil (produced by Disney Television Animation)
- Stitch! (from Disney Channel Japan)
- The Replacements (produced by Disney Television Animation)
Disney Channel Asia-produced programs
- Art Attack Asia
- Harry & Bunnie (co-production with Animasia Studios)
- The Oddbods Show (co-production with One Animation)
- Zack & Xander CAN! (web series)
- BoBoiBoy (produced by Animonsta Studios)
- Chuck Chicken
- Counterfeit Cat (co-produced by Wildseed Kids, Tricon Films & Television and Aardman Animations)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (co-produced by Marvel Animation and Marvel Television)
- Haunted Tales (co-produced by Glaz Entretenimento and Copa Studio)
- Mr. Bean (Moved to Disney XD, produced by Thames Television)
- Oddbods (shorts)
- The Owl & Co
- Star Wars Rebels (simulcast with Disney XD Asia, co-produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation)
- The Pink Panther Show
- Ultimate Spider-Man (co-produced by Marvel Animation and Film Roman)
- Upin & Ipin (produced by Les' Copaque Production)
- Zig & Sharko
- Zip Zip (produced by GO-N Productions)
Sitcoms from Disney Channel U.S.
- Austin & Ally (available in Singapore only, co-produced by Kevin & Heath Productions and It's a Laugh Productions)
- Best Friends Whenever (co-produced by Diphthong Productions, Entertainment Force and It's a Laugh Productions)
- Bunk'd (co-produced by It's a Laugh Productions and Bon Mot Productions)
- Bizaardvark (produced by It's a Laugh Productions)
- Girl Meets World (co-produced by Michael Jacobs Productions and It's a Laugh Productions)
- K.C. Undercover (co-produced by Rob Lotterstein Productions and It's a Laugh Productions)
- Liv and Maddie (available in Singapore only, co-produced by Beck & Hart Productions, Oops Doughnuts Productions and It's a Laugh Productions)
- Stuck in the Middle (co-produced by International Donut Fund Productions and Horizon Productions)
- Disney Channel Movie
- Disney Channel Original Movie
- Monstober – every October.
- Dis the Season (formerly known as Fa-la-la-lidays) – every November-December.
Disney Junior on Disney Channel
- Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates
- Doc McStuffins
- Goldie & Bear
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates
- The Lion Guard
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Miles from Tomorrowland
- Sheriff Callie's Wild West
- Sofia the First
- Rolling with the Ronks! (December 2016)
- Kid vs. Kat (December 5, 2016) (Moved from Nickelodeon Asia)
- Backstage (TBA)
- Milo Murphy's Law (TBA)
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.
Logo used from March 2003 to 2011.
Logo used from May 2011 to July 31, 2014.
Current logo used since August 1, 2014.
- Disney Channels Worldwide
- Disney Junior (Asia) - Sister channel to Disney Channel in Asia.
- Disney XD (Southeast Asia) - Sister channel to Disney Channel in Asia
- The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia - parent company
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