Family Chrgd

Family Chrgd

Family CHRGD logo
Launched June 1, 2011
Owned by DHX Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Get in Action!
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Disney XD (2011–15)
Replaced Jetix
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift service Family Chrgd East
Family Chrgd West
Website Family CHRGD
Bell TV Channel 562 (SD)
Channel 1648 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 70 / 570 (HD East)
Cogeco Ontario Channel 99 (SD East)
Channel 728 (HD East)
EastLink Channel 130 (SD East)
Channel 657 (HD East)
Rogers Cable Channel 66 & 216 (SD East & SD West)
Channel 589 (HD East)
Shaw Cable Channels vary (SD West/East)
Channel 264 (HD West/East)
Source Cable Channel 126 (SD)
Bell Aliant Channel 260 (SD East)
Channel 505 (HD East)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 562 (SD East)
Channel 1562 (HD East)
MTS Channel 159 (SD West)
Channel 1159 (HD West)
Optik TV Channel 9619 (SD East)
Channel 9618 (SD West)
Channel 619 (HD East)
Channel 618 (HD West)
SaskTel Channel 97 (SD West)
VMedia Channel 66 (SD East)
Zazeen Channel 137 (SD East)

Family Chrgd (pronounced "charged", stylized as family CHRGD) is a Canadian English-language Category B specialty channel owned by DHX Media. A channel of the DHX Television/Family Channel network, it airs live-action and animated children's programming aimed towards viewers aged 6–12.[1]

The channel first launched on June 1, 2011 under the ownership of Astral Media as a localized version of Disney XD, replacing the localized version of Jetix.

Following the acquisition of Astral Media by Bell Canada (including former sister channel The Movie Network), Disney XD and three other channels (the English- and French-language Disney Junior-branded television networks and Family) were sold to their current owner, DHX Media, by Bell Canada's media and broadcasting division, Bell Media, on November 28, 2013.

On October 9, 2015, as a result of Corus Entertainment's acquisition of Canadian rights to Disney's children's programming and associated brands, the channel was renamed Family Chrgd.[1][2]

A Corus-operated Disney XD service was launched on December 1, 2015.


As Disney XD

In April 2009, Astral Media was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel named Family Extreme. Astral announced it would launch a localized version of Disney XD on June 1, 2011, using the Family Extreme license, in both standard and high definition and replacing Astral's localized version of Jetix.[3]

In late 2011, Astral also launched a Disney XD video on demand app for the Xbox 360 video game console.[4]

In 2012, the channel premiered its first original series, which is called Slug Terra.

After the Competition Bureau approved Bell Media's takeover of Astral, Bell announced on March 4, 2013 that it would put Disney XD, along with its sister networks and Astral's French-language music networks, up for sale.[5] On October 27, 2013, the channel premiered its first original movie, Bunks, produced by Fresh TV.[6][7]

On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced that it would acquire Disney XD and its sister networks for $170 million.[8][9] The acquisition was approved by the CRTC on July 24, 2014,[10][11] and closed on July 31, 2014.[12]

In that same year, Disney XD premiered the pilot for Fangbone!, in May, and a new original series, Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage), in November.[13][14]

As Family Chrgd

On April 16, 2015, it was announced that Corus Entertainment had acquired Canadian rights to Disney Channel's program library; alongside the launch of a Canadian version of Disney Channel, Corus stated that it would launch other "Disney branded kids linear television offerings" in the future.

In anticipation for this transition, DHX concurrently announced that its Disney-branded networks would be realigned under the Family brand by November 2015.[2][15]

Tentatively, Disney XD was to be rebranded as Family XTRM. When announcing its slate of programming for the 2015-16 season on August 20, 2015, DHX revealed the channel's new name would be Family Chrgd.[16] Its lineup was to feature new seasons of the network's existing original series, in addition to new shows produced by DHX subsidiaries and other studios (such as the aforementioned Fangbone!), as well as new program supply agreements with Mattel,[16] and later in the year, DreamWorks Animation.[17] Disney XD was the second to be re-branded after Disney Junior, and the re-branding to Family Chrgd took effect on October 9, 2015.[1]

On November 2, 2016, sister network Family became ad-supported for only the late-afternoon hours (3 to 5:30 p.m.) while it will remain commercial-free for the other hours.


Canadian productions

Acquired programming

Upcoming programming

Former programming (Original Disney XD)

Note: Pickle & Peanut never aired due to Disney XD being rebranded.

Former programming (Family Chrgd)

Disney XD (Canada)

These programs are now airing on the resurrected Disney XD channel in Canada.


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  4. Kate Dickson, Deborah Wilson (October 5, 2011). "Astral takes entertainment to the next level with Disney XD offering on Xbox LIVE". Canada Newswire. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  5. Biblic, Mirko. "Re: Voting Trust Agreement between BCE Inc. and Pierre Boivin, the trustee Application No. 2013-0243-9 – Approved". CRTC. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
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  8. "DHX Media to buy Family, other children's channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  9. "DHX to acquire Family Channel, three others from Bell Media". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  10. "DHX Media receives CRTC approval on $170M acquisition of Family Channel and three other children's channels". DHX Media. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  11. Vessing, Etan (July 24, 2014). "DHX Media approved for Family Channel takeover". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  12. "DHX Media closes Family Channel acquisition and announces management changes". Canada Newswire. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  13. "DHX Television Commissions Radical Sheep's Animated Comedy Action Series Fangbone!". Newswire. March 5, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  14. "Disney XD gets its game on with the premiere of Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage) November 16". Newswire. Nov 5, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  15. "DHX-Disney Divorce Almost Done". Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  16. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Dickson, Jeremy (August 21, 2015). "DHX TV reveals fall skeds for rebranded channels". Kid Screen. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  17. "DreamWorks Animation Inks Strategic Content Pact With DHX Media". Retrieved 19 December 2015.
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