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Disney Channel (Italian TV channel)

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Disney Channel
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Broadcast areaItaly
San Marino
Vatican City
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Timeshift serviceDisney Channel +1
Disney Channel +2 (2011-2018)
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company Italy
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International)
Sister channelsDisney Junior
Disney XD
LaunchedOctober 3, 1998; 23 years ago (1998-10-03)
ClosedMay 1, 2020; 18 months ago (2020-05-01)

Disney Channel was an Italian pay television channel that was owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company Italia, itself a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company EMEA. It was launched on October 3, 1998, and its programming consists on original Disney Channel series (either American, European or locally produced) and third party programming acquired by the network.

Disney Channel and its timeshift ceased broadcasting on May 1, 2020 due to Disney failing to renew a deal with Sky Italy, with content moving to Disney+.[1]

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On October 3, 1998, Disney Channel officially began broadcasting in Italian on TELE+ Digitale. The channel used the slogan "Libera la tua Immaginazione" (English: "Free your imagination"). Among the first programs on the channel were Disney animated television series, such as Timon & Pumbaa and Aladdin: The Series. It also showed Disney films and some Disney Channel Original Movies on "Il Fantastico Mondo Disney" (The Wonderful World of Disney) each evening at 20.30 (8:30 pm). A new film was shown every Saturday at the same time slot. In January 1999, Disney Channel launched its original live presentation show: Disney Channel Live (later called Live Zone). In this program, hosted by Isabella Arrigoni and Massimiliano Ossini, viewers interact with the hosts and join games. Other popular programs were Live Zone – Musica, Live Zone – Sport, Live Zone – Da scoprire, Live Zone – Da ridere and Una stella per te (A Star for You).

On November 7, 1999, Disney Channel adopted the new "Circles" logo and idents of Disney Channel UK (created by GÉDÉON).

In 2002, Disney Channel launched two new programs: Quasi Gol and L'ora della magia.

The channel had been available since 2003 on Sky Italia, after the merger between TELE+ Digitale and Stream TV.

In June 2003, Disney Channel adopted the American Disney Channel's new logo (designed by CA Square), along with new graphics and idents.

Live Zone ended in September 2003; it was replaced by Prime Time, led by the hosts of Live Zone, Isabella Arrigoni and Massimiliano Ossini. Even programs secondary to Live Zone were replaced by newer ones like Tok, Eta Beta, and Skatenati. Another program was added, Scooter.

On December 24, 2004, Disney introduced Disney Channel +1, where all regular programs from Disney Channel are postponed an hour.

In 2006, almost all live shows were taken off air.

Prime Time got a refresh in September 2005, with a new logo, new computer-generated graphics, and Arrigoni being the voice-over host who presented the programs.

In 2005, Disney Channel launched a new series called Quelli dell'intervallo, which led to the similar versions in the UK, US, Australia and other countries under the title As the Bell Rings. In 2006, Disney Channel began airing many English language series from Disney Channel US. These versions were moved to a new channel called Disney in English in 2008.

In January 2007, Prime Time changed its logo once again, and Patrizio Prata became its new voice-over host, although the set design and cartoons remained the same. On May 14, 2007, Prime Time ended and Disney Channel adopted the "Ribbon" graphics of Disney Channel (US).

On December 8, 2008, Disney Channel and its +1 timeshift began broadcasting on Mediaset Premium.

On October 1, 2011, Disney Channel adopted new "Smartphone App" logo that was introduced in the US in 2010, and began broadcasting in the 16:9 aspect ratio area (reruns of some series still air in the 4:3 aspect ratio). On the same day, sister channel Toon Disney, which was the last one under this brand, ceased broadcasting along with its timeshift. Toon Disney and Toon Disney +1 were replaced by Disney Channel +2 and Disney XD +2.

Since February 1, 2012, Disney Channel began broadcasting in HD on Sky Italia.

On June 8, 2014, the channel renewed its logo and graphics like the Disney Channel US ones.

On September 30, 2016, Disney Channel and Disney Channel +1 ceased broadcasting on Mediaset Premium.

On May 15, 2017, the channel renewed its logo, which became two-dimensional and changed the graphics.

On April 9, 2018, timeshift channels Disney Channel +2 and Disney XD +2 ceased to air.

On October 1, 2019, Disney XD and Disney in English ceased broadcasting after a deal with Sky Italia was not renewed.

On May 1, 2020, at midnight, Disney Channel, along with Disney Junior, ceased broadcasting, with content moving to Disney+.


  1. ^ "Nuovi Canali Cartoon Network. Chiude Disney Channel". April 3, 2020. Retrieved April 30, 2020.

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