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Disney Channel (Indian TV channel)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Disney Channel is an Indian pay television channel operated by Disney India. The channel is the Indian equivalent to the original American network and was launched on 17 December 2004.[2] Disney Channel is available as a pay-TV channel on most subscription TV providers. The channel is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

The channel became the fifth most watched kids channel across all genres with TRP as of October 2020.[3]


On 17 December 2004, Disney Channel and its sister channel Toon Disney launched in India. At first, the programming of the channel consisted of Disney's original shows imported from the US, 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, the channel launched its first locally produced series called Vicky Aur Vetaal. Since then, the network's programming consisted of even more local productions 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 produced and broadcast. Doraemon, a show that airs on sister channel Hungama TV, started to be aired on the channel in 2010. Most of the Doraemon movies have also been aired on the channel.

In 2011, Disney Channel began a major programming shift, with new international live-action series and movies from the international networks being swapped out for more local content. Doraemon premiered on the channel around that time and has since took up most of the channel's time slots, which still happens to this day. Disney India also began to produce local adaptations of international live action series. The first local adaptation, Best of Luck Nikki premiered on 3 April 2011. The Disney Channel Original Movie, Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension premiered on the channel on 25 September 2011.[4]

2012 saw the channel's second local adaptation, The Suite Life of Karan and Kabir premiering on the 8 April,[5] as well as the first Disney Channel India Original Movie, Luck Luck Ki Baat.[6]

In June 2014, Disney Channel India launched their first local animated series, Arjun Prince of Bali.[7]

On 10 April 2012, Disney Channel switched their logo to the smartphone app logo used internationally.

The channel rebranded on 17 December 2014 with the new logo used internationally, with the exception of the logo colour being purple instead of blue, and had a strategy of showing family-oriented shows during the weekend. The weekend strategy was called "Shanivaar, Ravivaar only for Parivaar".[8] The family shows started airing on 31 January 2015. In early 2016 the channel stopped producing local live action shows, and decided to focus on Japanese anime and local animation instead as animated/anime shows drive better ratings.[9]

On 1 May 2018, the channel's logo color was changed to blue, as used internationally. On the same month the channel launched Simple Samosa and Big Hero 6 The Series.[10] On 1 October 2018 DuckTales reboot premiered in India.[11]

In 2019 the channel continued to produce and acquire more local animation and international shows from the Disney library such as Oye Golu, Bhaagam Bhaag, Amphibia, Big City Greens and Super V. The Descendants trilogy premiered on Disney Channel in December 2019.[12]

On January 2, 2020, Star India announced an HD version of Disney Channel India. It was planned to launch on 1 March 2020,[13] however the launch date never passed by and in April 2020, Star India announced that the launch would be postponed.[14]

In Summer 2020, Disney Channel launched new shows such as Mira, Royal Detective, Bapu and Guddu, along with new episodes of shows like Chacha Chaudhary, Doraemon, and Selfie with Bajrangi.[15] The channel launched a DIY show called Imagine That on 6 September 2020.[16]

On 18 April 2021, the second season of Imagine That and 101 Dalmatian Street were aired.[17] On 18 October 2021, it was announced that Disney Channel HD would finally launch in the country on 11 December 2021.[18]

As of 2022, it will be one of the only two remaining Disney Channel feeds in the Asia-Pacific region along with the Japanese feed.

Related Channels

Disney Junior

The Playhouse Disney brand expanded to India in 2006 as a block on Disney Channel. On 4 July 2011, it was replaced by Disney Junior, which eventually became available as a 24-hour channel.[19][20]

Disney International HD

On 5 October 2017 The Walt Disney Company India officially announced that they would launch Disney International HD on 29 October 2017. The channel exclusively airs international live action content from the Disney Channel library such as Austin & Ally, K.C. Undercover, Liv and Maddie, Hannah Montana as well as Disney Channel Original Movies such as Teen Beach, Descendants.[21]

Marvel HQ

On 20 January 2019, the Indian version of Disney XD was rebranded into Marvel HQ. Marvel HQ mainly focuses on airing shows produced by Marvel Animation, but despite the name, airs non-Marvel content as well.

On 11 December 2021, the channel will be rebranded as Super Hungama.[22]

Hungama TV

Hungama TV was launched on 26 September 2004. The channel was originally owned by UTV Software Communications, but The Walt Disney Company India purchased it in 2006. The programming lineup mainly consists of Japanese and Indian animated shows.


Unlike most Disney Channel networks around the world, the channel airs very little content from the North American networks. Disney Channel India mostly focuses on local and some Japanese content as they are more popular with Indian audiences. Due to popularity of Doraemon, it has been scheduled most of the time on the channel since 2011 (despite not being a Disney show) to maintain high viewership.[23] Nowadays, due to the rising popularity of Selfie with Bajrangi[24] it is being aired most of the day along with Doraemon and other local content.


The Government of Bangladesh banned the Indian feeds of Disney Channel and Disney XD in February 2013 as the show Doraemon was being broadcast continuously throughout the day in Hindi.[25] Later in 2016 the Southeast Asian feeds of Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior along with Hungama TV started to broadcast but due to the shutdown of the channels[26] Disney International HD started broadcasting as a replacement.

A lawmaker in Pakistan demanded a ban on the cartoon as a whole over fears that it might have a negative impact on children.[27] Similar concerns were raised in India by the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) of IBF.[28]

In Bhutan, the channel was removed due to most of its programming being aired in Hindi rather than in English. This was part of a uniformity plan.

[29]Disney XD and Disney channel India aired in sri Lanka till 19 September 2018 due to most of the programming lineup was consisted of Hindi at that moment. But their preschool counterpart Disney junior still airs in sri Lanka through Dialog tv and Peo TV sri lanka

See also


  1. ^ "Dhiraagu TV launches four Disney channels in the Maldives". Corporate Maldives. 29 December 2017. Archived from the original on 11 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Disney channels to be available in four languages". 14 December 2004. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Top Indian Cartoon Channels TRP Ratings Weekly List: October 2020 Updated".
  4. ^ "Disney Channel's "perry-fect" Gift To India This Festive Season - Brothers Phineas And Ferb Set To Thrill Fans With Disney Channel Original Movie 'across The 2nd Dimension'". Disney India. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Disney embarks on its most aggressive summer in India yet - Exchange4media". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Disney aims to woo kids with 500 hours of fresh content this summer". afaqs!. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Will this 'Arjun' hit the bullseye? - AnimationXpress". Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Disney Channel hopes to get the family in". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Focusing on local animation, Disney moves away from live-action shows". Television Post. 18 April 2016. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Big Hero 6: The Series on Disney Channel India". 21 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Singer-composer Shaan Teams Up With Son For DuckTales". Outlook India. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Disney Descendants Hindi Promo | Trilogy on Disney Channel India - YouTube". Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Star India to launch 4 new channels, rebrand Movies OK". Indian Television Dot Com. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Star India postpones Disney HD launch". AnimationXpress. 11 April 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  15. ^ Delhi, BestMediaInfo Bureau; April 17; 2020. "Disney India's kids' channels bring 100 hours of fresh content for a fun summer". Retrieved 2 June 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  16. ^ "Can you Imagine That on Disney Channel India?". Indian Television Dot Com. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Disney Channel readies for summer fun with new season of 'Imagine That'". Indian Television Dot Com. 30 March 2021.
  18. ^ Delhi, BestMediaInfo Bureau; October 16; 2021. "Breaking News: Disney Star India exits English general entertainment; Star World, Star World HD and Star World Premiere HD to go off air by November 30". Retrieved 16 October 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ "Disney Channel to make entry into Tamil and Telugu via pre-school block". Indian Television Dot Com. 29 June 2011.
  20. ^ "Walt Disney launches its 4th offering Disney Junior". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Disney to launch English GEC HD on 29 Oct". Indian Television Dot Com. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  22. ^ "Disney Star India pulls 13 SD and 20 HD channels from bouquets". Indian Television Dot Com. 16 October 2021.
  23. ^ "Children's TV In India: The Role Of The Walt Disney Company In The Local Production Ecology". Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  24. ^ "Cosmos-Maya has big plans for Selfie With Bajrangi". AnimationXpress. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  25. ^ "Govt slaps ban on Hindi-dubbed Doraemon telecast". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  26. ^ "Disney to shut down most of its TV channels in Southeast Asia, eyes growth in streaming services". CNA. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  27. ^ "Pakistan lawmaker calls for Doraemon ban to be fully implemented". 30 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  28. ^ "Broadcast regulator wakes up to Doraemon kid mind jammer". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  29. ^ "BICMA approves 56 channels for uniformity – KuenselOnline". Retrieved 14 January 2018.
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