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Disney Channel (Southeast Asian TV channel)

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Disney Channel
2019 Disney Channel logo.svg
Logo used from February 2020 to December 2021
CountrySingapore (until 31 May 2020)
Malaysia (until 31 December 2020)
Philippines
Thailand
Indonesia
Vietnam
Cambodia
Palau
Myanmar
Bangladesh (2016) (until 30 September 2021)
Taiwan (Until 31 December 2021)
Broadcast areaAsia
HeadquartersCorporate office: 1 #06-01 Sandcrawler, Fusionopolis View, Singapore 138577
Studios and production facility: 4 Loyang Ln #01-01/02 and #02-01/02., Singapore 508914
Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Programming
Language(s)English
Mandarin
Thai
Japanese
Malay (select programs)
Tamil
Indonesian
Cantonese
Vietnamese (subtitles)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerDisney Branded Television
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International)
Sister channels
History
LaunchedMarch 1995; 26 years ago (1995-03) (Taiwan)
October 1995; 26 years ago (1995-10) (Malaysia)
1 September 1996; 25 years ago (1996-09-01) (Southeast Asia & Hong Kong)
Closed1 June 2020; 17 months ago (2020-06-01) (Singapore)[1]
1 January 2021; 10 months ago (2021-01-01) (Malaysia)[2]
1 September 2021; 2 months ago (2021-09-01) (Now TV feed, Hong Kong)
September 26, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-09-26) (TransVision Feed, Indonesia)
1 October 2021; 59 days ago (2021-10-01) (Southeast Asia & Hong Kong)[3][4]
1 January 2022; 32 days' time (2022-01-01) (Taiwan)
Links
Websitedisney.asia
Availability

Disney Channel (originally called The Disney Channel from 1996 to 1997) was a pan-Asian pay television channel owned by The Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific), a unit of the Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International division of The Walt Disney Company.

Disney Channel Asia's programming consists of original first-run television series, theatrically-released and original made-for-cable movies and select other third-party programming. The channel's programming was aimed at pre-teens and adolescents ages 7–17, while its Disney Junior programs were targeted at younger children, although certain programs were aimed at audiences of all ages.

History

Disney Channel Asia was launched in January 2000 with a single video feed and two audio tracks in English and Mandarin, as well as subtitles in Mandarin. The channel became available in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines.[5] On 1 June 2002, the channel was launched in the South Korean market with a Korean language feed.[6] 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.[7]

After the ban of Disney Channel India and Disney XD India in Bangladesh due to broadcasting in Hindi language and heavy localization of the Indian feeds Disney Channel Asia was made available on selected digital cable platforms there in 2016. Due to the incoming shutdown, Disney International HD India started to broadcast as a replacement.

Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior ceased transmission in Singapore on 1 June 2020, on both Singtel and StarHub.[1] It was replaced with Disney+ on 23 February 2021.

On 1 September 2020, Disney Channel in Indonesia was separated from the main feed, due to the launch of Disney+ Hotstar on 5 September 2020.

On 1 January 2021, Disney Channel and Disney Junior ceased transmission in Malaysia on Astro due to the TV provider's Refreshed Kids Pack and Disney+ Hotstar. The service launched in Malaysia on 1 June 2021.[8]

On 1 October 2021, Disney Channel and Disney Junior along with many other Fox Networks Asia channels (except National Geographic Asia and National Geographic Wild Asia) ended its broadcast in the rest of Asia exactly at 01:00 am (UTC+08:00) or 12:00 am (UTC+07:00).[3] to focus on Disney+ Hotstar (or Disney+ in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines and Singapore).[9][10] The last program aired is Season 2 of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, before showing a message "This channel is no longer available, thank you for watching." after the program.[11] However, Disney Channel in Taiwan will continue to operate[12] until its cessation on 1 January 2022,[13][14] a month before the discontinuation of the Star Premium channels in Latin America, which will happen on January 31, 2022.[15][16]

HD channel

On 1 May 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 ACCION in that country. Just like its SD counterpart, the HD simulcast of the channel airs the same shows shown in the SD feed. The HD feed was also launched on TrueVisions in Thailand on 7 July 2016 as an exclusive for cable subscribers, and on Astro in Malaysia on 15 November 2019 for satellite subscribers. The HD channels also ceased last October 1, 2021

Presentation and logos

With the launch of the channel 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 July 2003, when the US logo (and design package by CA Square) as the "Bounce" graphics, it became the channel's on-air presentation format, then later rebranded using the "Ribbon" graphics from 2007 until 2011. Two more redesigns were made in 2012, then on August 1, 2014, with the current wordmark logo.

Disney Channel Asia started using parts of the US "Social Media" rebrand from 1 December 2017 and rebranded fully on 1 January 2018 at 6 am. As of 2020, it has also used elements of the US "Item Age" graphics.

Current feeds

Taiwan

It was the first overseas feed launched by Disney Channel worldwide. It began operations in March 1995.[7] Currently, it has its own schedule with local advertisements and broadcasts in English and Taiwanese Mandarin.[17] The feed will cease operations on 1 January 2022 due to the launch of Disney+ on 12 November 2021.[13][14]

Defunct feeds

Singapore

The schedule was similar to the main feed, plus local advertisements. Some programming was replaced by sitcoms. This feed ceased operations on 1 June 2020, after failing to renew their contracts on both StarHub & Singtel[1] due to the launch of Disney+ on 23 February 2021.

Malaysia and Brunei

Same schedule as the Asia feed, plus local advertisements. It was available in four languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. This channel was only available on Astro in Malaysia and Kristal-Astro in Brunei. Because of Astro's Refreshed Kids Pack on 14 December 2020 and the arrival of Disney+ Hotstar, Disney Channel, along with Disney Junior, they will not be available on Astro and Astro-owned TV providers (including NJOI and Kristal-Astro). Therefore, there's the only impact that The Walt Disney Company will be shutting down Disney XD in Southeast Asia on the same date and time by following the review of Disney's business in this region, just before Astro has already confirmed with this statement before Astro shutting down both Disney Channel and Disney Junior on the same date and time. However, The Walt Disney Company didn't announce that Astro will be shutting down Disney Channel and Disney Junior on New Year's Day 2021 at midnight. This feed ceased operations on 1 January 2021[2] along with Disney Junior and Disney XD, on Astro due to the TV provider's Refreshed Kids Pack and the launch of Disney+ Hotstar on 1 June 2021.[18]

Asia

The main feed was available in Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Myanmar, and Cambodia. It was available in the Middle East until the region got their own feed in 1997.

This feed stopped airing movies and started sharing the same schedule with the Indonesian feed on 1 February 2021. This feed officially ceased all operations on 1 October 2021.

Indonesia

The schedule was very similar to the main feed, with the exclusions of movies at launch. It was separated from the main feed from 1 September 2020 due to the launch of Disney+ Hotstar on 5 September 2020.

This feed later started sharing the same schedule with the main feed on 1 February 2021. There are also Disney+ Hotstar idents on this feed. The channel ceased operations on 1 October 2021.

Philippines

It was launched on June 1, 1998. Same schedule as the Asia feed, plus local advertisements. The channel ceased operations on 1 October 2021[19] due to the launch of Disney+ Hotstar on early-2022.

Vietnam

Launched in November 2005. A one-hour timeshifted version of the main Asia feed with local advertisements, Vietnamese translations in promos, and subtitles. The channel ceased operations on 1 October 2021 due to the launch of Disney+ Hotstar in mid-2022.

Hong Kong

Launched last April 2, 2004. The schedule of this feed was shared with the Taiwan feed and was separated from the main feed on 2 April 2004. It was broadcast in English and Cantonese languages. The channel ceased operations on 1 October 2021 due to the launch of Disney+ on 16 November 2021.

Programming

References

  1. ^ a b c Baroness, The (1 June 2020). "Disney+ Singapore Incoming: Disney Channels Dropped From Starhub & Singtel". Geek Culture. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Astro Will Discontinue Disney Channel In December 2021 So Watch Your Favourite, Nostalgic Shows Quick!". Astro. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b Multiple sources:
  4. ^ "Disney Group set to close five cable channels in Taiwan". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Disney Channel comes to Manila". Manila Standard. Kamahalan Publishing Corp. 4 January 2000. p. 24. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  6. ^ Godfrey, Leigh (30 May 2002). "Disney Channel Asia Launches In Korea". Animation World Network. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Disney launches two channels in Cambodia". Indiantelevision.com. Mumbai. 20 June 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  8. ^ Frater, Patrick (3 May 2021). "Disney Plus Hotstar to Launch in Malaysia With Local Content Component". Variety. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Disney+Hotstar expected to end 2021 with over 50 million subscribers". Indian Television Dot Com. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Disney to shut down most of its TV channels in Southeast Asia, eyes growth in streaming services". CNA. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  11. ^ "DISNEY CHANNEL ASIA FINAL SIGN OFF [01-OCTOBER 2021]". 1 October 2021. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Disney Group set to close five cable channels in Taiwan - Taipei Times". taipeitimes.com. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  13. ^ a b Strong, Matthew (27 August 2021). "Disney Channel ends after 26 years in Taiwan to make way for Disney+". Taiwan News. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Disney Channel To Close In Taiwan Following Disney+ Launch". What's On Disney Plus. 27 August 2021. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  15. ^ Pisapapeles: (in Spanish) Disney anuncia el fin de los canales Star Premium para el 31 de enero de 2022 September 23, 2021.
  16. ^ What's on Disney Plus: Disney To Close Star Premium Channels Across Latin America September 25, 2021.
  17. ^ "台灣迪士尼官方網站". web.archive.org. 27 August 2021. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Disney+ Hotstar comes to Malaysia on June 1, RM54.90 for three months". The Malay Mail. 4 May 2021. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Disney and Fox Channels End of Broadcast". Sky PH. Retrieved 31 August 2021.

External links

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