Disney Channel (India)
|Launched||17 December 2004|
|Owned by||The Walt Disney Company India|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
Disney Junior (India)
Disney XD (India)
|Website||Disney Channel (India)|
|Tata Sky||Channel 659|
|Dish TV||Channel 523|
|Reliance Digital TV||Channel 603|
|Airtel digital TV||Channel 360|
|Sun Direct||Channel 522|
|Videocon d2h||Channel 505|
|Dialog TV||Channel 87|
|Asianet Digital||Channel 329|
|In Digital||Channel 311|
|PEO TV||Channel 61|
|Smart TV (Pakistan)||Channel 51|
Disney Channel is an Indian television channel, and a division of Disney India, specializing in television programming for children through movies and third party programming. In 2004, Disney Channel India began airing in India. Originally positioned towards kids, Disney Channel has recently launched a slew of new TV shows airing on weekends that are aimed at the whole family. The channel is currently very popular among kids and teens in India and has consistently ranked as the number one kids' channel in the country.
Disney Channel is available on cable and satellite television. The channel is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is the first kids' and teens' channel to cross 200+ GRPs in five years.
Programming is available in four languages (English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu), although many shows are made only in Hindi.
The channel can be viewed on digital cable and satellite television in India.
History and availability
Before becoming a channel in India, Disney was a block on Sony TV, known as "Disney Hour" and "Disney Mornings"; later, Disney Channel was also on Star Plus and Zee TV. Currently the channel is available across all major DTH and cable platforms in India, especially Tata Sky (channel 609), Dish TV (channel 525), BigTV (channel 603), and Airtel Digital TV (channel 360). On digital cable services, it is available on DEN Networks (channel 434) and Hathway Cable (channel 405) and Sea TV on (channel 263).
Playhouse Disney started airing in 2006, as a block on Disney Channel. On 4 July 2011, it was replaced by Disney Junior. Disney Junior in 2013 became a 24-hour channel dedicated to kids. It is available on various DTH and cable operators.
At first the channel aired US programming such as Lizzie McGuire, That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Sonny with a Chance, The Suite Life on Deck, Jonas LA and Phineas and Ferb.
In 2006, Disney Channel launched a show called Vicky Aur Vetaal. It then produced more content such as Agadam Bagdam Tigdam, Dhoom Machaao Dhoom, Break Time Masti Time, Kya Mast Hai Life, and Ishaan. In 2010, an Indian version of Art Attack was made. Eventually, American shows such as Hannah Montana and The Suite Life on Deck were pulled off-air. Doraemon, a Hungama TV venture, started running on the channel.
In 2011, Disney Channel launched Best of Luck Nikki, a local version of Good Luck Charlie. The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir (adaptation of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), Disney Q Family Mastermind (adaptation of Mastermind India), Shake It Up (the localised adaptation of Shake It Up), and Oye Jassie (adaptation of Jessie) were produced for the network. Currently, the only American shows airing are Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, and the Mickey Mouse shorts.
Currently, Disney Channel India only airs its own-produced remakes of American Disney shows or original Indian shows.